July 2017, Year IX, n. 7
Is a college degree worth it?
Telos: A compelling question to the Rector and President of CRUI: do Italian universities do a good job preparing young people for the world of work and research? What would you like to improve?
Gaetano Manfredi:Young people in Italy today are experiencing the effects of an ongoing crisis that unfortunately hasn’t loosened its grip. It’s certainly more difficult for a young person to succeed today than it was 15 years ago, but a degree enhances the professionalism of those who graduate and still represents a winning investment. In fact, statistics confirm that people with a college degree rather than a high school diploma have a better chance at finding a job and earning more money. Despite all the many problems that beset Italian universities, they do provide good quality education, giving students access to both the world of work and research, in Italy and abroad. ...more
The degree to which a society is dynamic can be judged by how successfully its scholastic and university system can help young students develop and exploit their talents in the labour market as in life, quite apart from the relative success of their own families. For many Italians having a son or daughter with a university degree has been a dream, if not the goal of a lifetime. But is a degree still useful? ...more