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Europe has more science graduates
USA and Japan take second and third place

Brussels (pte038/21.03.2003/14:40) - In 2002 Europe produced more university graduates in the natural sciences and technological disciplines than the United States or Japan.

According to the third European report on science and technology indicators, 2.14 million people or a quarter of European students received scientific or technological degrees in 2002, compared to 2.07 million in the USA and 1.1 million in Japan.

Germany, France and Great Britain had the most doctorates. While European countries continue to attract Asian students, Europe remains unpopular with students from the US. The only exception is Ireland, where most foreign students come from the USA or Canada. Germany tends to attract students from Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Greece and Spain.

Cooperation between universities and the industry is also more intense in Europe than in the USA and Japan. The industry is most involved in university research in Germany, Belgium and Spain.

In total, the European industry helped finance 6.9 per cent of European university research in the reference year 1999 - surpassing 6.3 per cent in the USA and 2.3 per cent in Japan.

The study concludes, however, that the "brain drain" phenomenon still continues, with young European researchers regularly leaving for the US. About two thirds of Europeans doctoral candidates studying in the US stay at US research institutes after they graduate.

The study can be downloaded at .

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