“Young college graduates in Italy have among the highest unemployment rates in Europe, and those with jobs make only 9 percent more on average than those with high-school diplomas, compared with 37 percent in other industrialized countries. … Italians also spend more time earning degrees and drop out at greater rates than their international peers. … “There used to be no link whatsoever between the university and the placement of jobs,” Bellettini said. “It would have been considered vulgar.” … “The feeling is that after university, no one will find work,” said Ceresi, who studies political science. “That it doesn’t matter what we do, because a diploma doesn’t mean anything.” … For many young Italians, the solution is to leave. There are 338,000 Italians working in Germany, more than from any other country except Turkey. Another 82,000 are in Spain and 77,000 are in the U.K., according to Eurostat data. … “If you’re in your early 30s right now, it’s not that you don’t have a job, but your prospects of getting a job are basically zero,” Jones said. “The whole system seems to be rigged against you, and that is consistent with support of Beppe Grillo.” … Italy doesn’t have a culture that supports innovation and entrepreneurship, especially compared with competitors in the U.S., China, Korea and Germany … “The current situation in Italy is the result of a process lasting for some 20 years of a country completely wrecked in terms of culture, discipline, rigor, ethics,” Alessandri said in a phone interview. … “Merit became a bad word,” he said from his office in a 16th century baroque palace. “You shouldn’t speak of meritocracy, and now we’re seeing the result of that.” “
LOL, “Merit became a bad word,” well, if the ‘merit-able’ would have been able, and not bankrupted the country piling up on golden pensions and political skims, or saved the education system quality, instead than their pockets and their ‘caste’ conflict of interests, with privatizing some parts of the university, “maybe” the italicircus merit would still be “credible,” as it stands the issue is unresolved, at the least internationally, it is more of a problem of credibility than merit.
So, you students on the bridge of the itali-tanic, feeding the coffers of your middle age system there, if you are not the sons of the white swan, follow the advice of the economists and professors which periodically blame you for the problems they don’t want to fix for their ‘caste’ convenience, and go abroad, where the degree of insults to your intelligence is generally lower, (there are exceptions, but at least it is not the rule,) it may cost you a bit more, but at least you may never have to care again about what your ‘meritable’ pasdaran have to say.