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Universities must evolve

Graduate programmes focus too narrowly on academic careers, says US National Academies report.

PhD students at US universities need better preparation for careers outside academia, says a report released on 14 June by the US National Academies in Washington DC in response to a congressional directive. Research Universities and the Future of America makes ten recommendations, including a call to use research collaborations to align graduate programmes more closely with business. It also recommends that the US government attract and retain talent by streamlining immigration processes.

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Universities must evolve. Nature 486, 561 (2012).

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