Journals: USA, others need to re-tool their science programs


According to USA Today, the system of awarding science Ph.D.s needs to be either reformed or shut down, a provocative series of pieces in one of the world’s pre-eminent scientific journals says this week. According to the multipart series in the journal Nature, the world is awash in Ph.D.s, most of them being awarded after years of study and tens of thousands of dollars to scholars who will never find work in academia, the traditional goal for Doctors of Philosophy.

“In some countries, including the United States and Japan, people who have trained at great length and expense to be researchers confront a dwindling number of academic jobs and an industrial sector unable to take up the slack,” the cover article says…

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