Brain Drain in Higher Education: The Case of the Southern European Countries and Ireland


Charalampos Giousmpasoglou (Editor)
Bournemouth University, Poole, England, UK

Vasileios Paliktzoglou (Editor)
University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

Evangelia Marinakou (Editor)
Bournemouth University, Poole, England, UK

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World, European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: EDU015000

This book offers a collection of chapters on key consequences, challenges and strategies in the new economic environment that was shaped after the 2008 economic crisis in southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus) and Ireland in higher education (HE). The content covers issues such as the loss of human capital and competitiveness in HE institutes at the national level, the collapse of research and innovation, the brain gain on behalf of the receiving countries, and the need for new national and EU policies regarding the migration/loss of highly qualified staff.

This book aims to be an international platform to bring together academics, researchers, lecturers, decision makers, policy makers, and practitioners to share new theories, research findings, and case studies; to enhance understanding and collaboration in issues related to the brain drain/brain gain phenomena within the EU from a higher education management perspective. The book also focuses on the mistakes and misjudgements regarding the real dimensions of the problem on the national and European (EU) levels.

The motivation behind writing this book stems from the fact that there is a paucity of research in the field. Thus, this book provides a single reference for brain drain in HE for the Southern European countries and Ireland. Readers will find up-to-date and well researched information related to the effects of the brain drain phenomenon. The book covers the most important and common issues concerning this current and topical area of research as well as the current trends and future developments, such as the impact of Brexit in the European HE system. (Imprint: Nova)

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Chapter 1. An Overview of Greece’s “Brain Drain” Crisis: Morphology and Beyond
Sokratis Koniordos (University of Crete, Rethimno, Greece)

Chapter 2. “Brain Drain” in Higher Education: The Case of Cyprus
Marios Vryonides (European University Cyprus, Engomi, Cyprus)

Chapter 3. An Empirical Study of the Italian Academic “brain drain”: Effects and Determinants
Benedetto Torrisi and Simona Monteleone (University of Catania, Catania, Italy)

Chapter 4. “Brain Drain” in Spanish Higher Education: Analysis and Current Situation
Mª Victoria Sanagustín-Fons, Graciela Salazar-Díaz and Carlos de Olagüe-Smithson (Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, and others)

Chapter 5. MobiGrants: New Agents of Brain Drain in Portuguese Higher Education
Paulo Peixoto, Rui Machado Gomes, João Teixeira Lopes, Henrique Vaz, Luísa Cerdeira, Rui Brites, Belmiro Cabrito, Rafaela Ganga, Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor, Dulce Magalhães, Sílvia Silva and Tomás Patrocínio (CES and Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 6. The Higher Education Brain Drain: Experiences of Economic Diaspora – A Case Study of Irish Higher Education Émigrés in the Gulf
Oonagh McGirr (Bahrain Polytechnic, Isa Town, Kingdom of Bahrain)

Chapter 7. Brain Drain in Higher Education in Europe: Current Trends and Future Perspectives
Charalampos Giousmpasoglou and Sokratis Koniordos (Bournemouth University, Poole, England, and others)

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