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Title: Brain drain and the disenchantment of being a higher education student in Portugal
Authors: Cerdeira, Luísa 
Machado-Taylor, Maria de Lourdes 
Cabrito, Belmiro 
Patrocínio, Tomás 
Brites, Rui 
Gomes, Rui 
Lopes, João Teixeira 
Vaz, Henrique 
Peixoto, Paulo 
Magalhães, Dulce 
Silva, Sílvia 
Ganga, Rafaela 
Keywords: Brain drain; Employability; Higher education; Portugal; Students
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Project: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876-PPCDTI/132244/PT 
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Abstract: The efforts made by most countries to accelerate economic development have included a significant investment in education. It has been argued that investment in education, particularly higher education, was itself a potential factor in economic development. Education has become a relatively easy means of improving access to the labour market. However, in Portugal, the recent trend has been reversed, and the country now faces a growing number of university graduates in several fields of education and training that do not have a job based on their formal qualifications. Despite the differences of unemployment by area of education and training, unemployment of the young skilled has been a problem in recent years. Therefore, following this unemployment trend, there has been growing the exodus of highly skilled professionals from the Portuguese economy, leaving it with a reduced supply of skilled people. This article discusses the employability of graduates from several academic areas and discusses the educational and economic policies that generate a real brain drain.
ISSN: 1360-080X
DOI: 10.1080/1360080X.2015.1126892
Rights: embargoedAccess
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