Finding a suitable and sustainable career is a major challenge for new Ph.D.s not only in the United States but in nations around the world. Thirty-five leading academic figures representing 16 countries, including such major Ph.D. producers as the U.S., China, India, Canada and Korea, have been looking for answers at the Fifth Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit, sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and the University of Hong Kong.
patterns and outcomes” of their alumni and use the information to
“inform and improve the quality of graduate eduction.” Faculty who
mentor graduate students, furthermore, should get “the information and
support needed to prepare students for the wide diversity of careers
available to them.” This will require universities and faculty members
to have “a solid understanding of the conceptual and personal skills”
need for success in various careers.
couldn’t have said it better ourselves. But merely stating principles provides neither the incentives nor the wherewithal
for universities and faculty members to make the needed cultural,
attitudinal, and practical changes. The financial stringencies facing
many countries further complicate the possibility of taking on new
support can help get ideas circulating in academic conversation. Here’s
hoping this statement inspires some change. With national
competitiveness a major issue these days, maybe it could even spur a
global competition to produce the most career-ready Ph.D.s.