How can Sweden ensure it has enough researchers?

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  • Fewer Swedish students are choosing to enter doctoral studies and only 54 percent of PhD-students from abroad stay in the country after they have finished their studies, according to figures from the Higher Education Authority.

  • The reasons for this, and what can be done about it, were discussed at a seminar in Stockholm on Monday.

  • "If you are a foreign student, it is easier to get a post-doc somewhere else, and if you are a Swedish student, you might not even start," said Michael Fored, director of research education at Karolinska Institutet, who blamed the uncertainty of the sector itself for the problems.