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Italian Parliament Passes Controversial University Reforms

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Science  10 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6010, pp. 1462-1463
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6010.1462-a

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The latest attempt to reform Italy's archaic university system passed an important milestone last week when the Italian Parliament's lower house approved a proposed law aimed at eliminating nepotism in academic appointments as well as improving the quality of teaching and research. The reforms must still be given a final approval by the Italian Senate, however, and it is possible, although unlikely, that the bill will be abandoned following a no-confidence vote on the center-right government of Silvio Berlusconi on 14 December.

* Edwin Cartlidge is a freelance writer based in Rome.

  • * Edwin Cartlidge is a freelance writer based in Rome.