Shifting from Academic ‘Brain Drain’ to ‘Brain Gain’ in Europe
Title: Shifting from Academic ‘Brain Drain’ to ‘Brain Gain’ in Europe
Citation: EPS: European Political Science, 2010, 9, 118-130
Many researchers trained in Europe leave to work abroad, particularly in the USA. This brain drain phenomenon is the result of a lack of openness and competition in European academic systems. Some changes relating to the mobility of academic careers could make a difference in attracting – and maintaining – researchers, apart from serious structural reform. Performance-related salary policies, as well as proper working conditions, are key incentives to attract researchers. To some extent, efficient post-doctoral programmes and gender-equity policies should be considered too.
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