'Asian countries train twice as many scientists compared to European member states, and three times as many engineers'
This food for thought was gleaned from a press release, 13 December 2011, called 'No European scientists left by 2020?' - as business leaders, European Schoolnet and the European Commission launch a €8.3mn initiative to encourage teenagers to study science and maths.
The release also says: 'This training gap is threatening the future of Europe’s economic recovery due to the lack of qualified scientific and technical human resources – the key drivers of scientific progress and innovation. Although the number of graduates in the fields is now increasing slowly, their academic achievement falls well behind that of their Asian counterparts according to PISA statistics.'
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