Shifting from academic ‘brain drain’ to ‘brain gain’ in Europe
Title: Shifting from academic ‘brain drain’ to ‘brain gain’ in Europe
Citation: European political science, 2010, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 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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