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.