Sweden: Fewer PhD students

There has been a dramatic decrease of new PhD students in science and technology at Swedish universities and university colleges. During the last four years the number of new PhD students has fallen by nearly 30 %, reports the Swedish website Tentakel.
The pressed economic situation at the universities is blamed for the decrease in new PhD students. The peak-year 2002, 1559 new PhD students started their training, while this number had fallen to 1108 three years later.

“This decrease is thought provoking and ought to be used as a stimulus for a further dialogue about the funding of the PhD education and the dimensions of it” says Arne Johansson at the Swedish Research Council.

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