First world problem

January 19, 2017

While it can be said that there is “an oversupply of PhDs” in Western Europe, the same cannot be said of the developing world (“Let the right ones in: limiting PhDs creates the wrong kind of elite”, Opinion, 5 January).

I say this as a doctoral student in Uganda. In East Africa, barely any university has more than half of its academic staff holding a PhD. The cost is so high that a country such as Uganda does not have a recognisable support structure for this kind of training.

Perhaps scholars in the UK and other Western European countries should look to internationalising their careers and consider time working in Africa – although the pay may not be the same.


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