Wednesday, July 18, 2007

'Brain drain' of Israeli academics is rising

Jerusalem Post:
The rate of Israeli doctoral and post-doctoral students working and studying abroad - who are several thousands in number at any given time - who do not return home is increasing, according to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which conducted a survey through its Web site to find out why.

Family, culture, education of their children and finding a suitable professional environment for their work are the main 'pull factors' that could bring them home, but political and security considerations, salary and living conditions are among those that prevent them from returning, showed the poll, which was placed on the Web site last February. ...

Ninety-five percent have no concrete plans to start an academic career in Israel, but half are actively looking into that possibility. A fifth of those who are thinking of returning home said there was only a small chance to find a suitable job in Israel.

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