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Academics slam proposed Italian PhD reform

Government draft on doctoral accreditation system increases bureaucracy and lacks funding, says university council

A proposal to reform the rules around the accreditation of Italian PhD degrees has been strongly criticised by universities for failing to simplify the procedure or improve funding.

The Consiglio Universitario Nazionale, Italy’s university council, published a document earlier this month detailing its response to several crucial aspects of the latest government draft. The CUN, which is composed of 58 academics elected to represent all scientific disciplines, is a formal consulting body for Italy’s research ministry.

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