Italy’s struggling HE system may be caught in limbo by the uncertainty over the recent election.
The sector is effectively shrinking, with many universities being chronically under-funded and student enrolment falling by around 58,000 over the last nine years. But the struggle to form a coalition government will probably leave the sector without intervention for many months at least.
The main problem is finance: investments in research, professor recruitment and a robust student grant system would all provide a much-needed boost.
Professor Andrea Lenzi, president of the National Italian University Council said: “You can’t think about development [of the sector] with assigning resources to it. But we don't need scattergun funding, and we also need less bureaucracy and more reform of process.”Read more here from University World News