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January 07, 2011



This is very sobering. It appears we are producing more PhDs than are needed in many disciplines in Canada. Many will not see the return on their investment. Most will want to teach in universities, which are now facing ongoing funding cuts, and the abolition of mandatory retirement. In many professional disciplines (medicine and law are two examples), there is significant input from the profession on the numbers of students the market can support. Should there be a national standard that sets out how many PhDs we actually need, and therefore an allotment per university of spaces?

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