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Old Guard Battles Academic Reforms

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Science  06 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5514, pp. 30
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5514.30a

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BERN-- The war of words over efforts to reform Germany's hierarchical university system ratcheted up a level last week. The latest salvo is a 4-page advertisement in the nation's top newspaper, signed by 3759 professors, that criticizes the research ministry's plans to create "junior professors," phase out the Habilitation requirement--a kind of extended postdoc needed to secure academic tenure--and change some work rules that favor professors.