Those who do a doctorate improve their chances on the work market. A doctorate can open doors and have a positive impact on the salary.
The training of engineers at German universities enjoys high regard internationally. In comparison with engineering training in China, it is far more hands-on. Do the differences in the degree systems also lead to better qualified or less well-qualified engineers?
Academics like to look down their nose at colleagues who are committed networkers. But they fail to understand that connections are essential for a successful career in academia too.