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Survey highlights Italy’s PhD problems


Country has few PhD holders compared with other nations and many do not want academic careers

The perilous state of Italy’s PhD population has been highlighted by the AlmaLaurea group of universities, with data revealing that the country lags other nations and that many of those who have studied there do not want academic careers.

According to the Interuniversity Consortium AlmaLaurea, a group of 45 Italian universities, just 0.5 per cent of the working age population has a PhD in Italy. This puts the country far behind rival nations, albeit above Turkey, Latvia and Mexico.

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