2009 | 3 | 31-45
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AGE STRUCTURE OF PERSONNEL IN THE UKRAINIAN SCIENCE SYSTEM (Vikova struktura kadrovoho potentsialu naukovoyi systemy Ukrayiny)

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Changes in the personnel component of the Ukrainian science system are studied over the period of 2002-2008, by use of relevant statistical data on Ukraine, and comparisons with analogous data on Russia and several other post-socialist countries. Study of the Ukrainian personnel is made by age category (younger than 29; 31-40; 41-50; 51-60; 61-9; older than 70), by age category of researchers with higher qualification (candidate of sciences, doctor of sciences), by age category of higher qualification researchers in sectors of science (academy, branch, HEEs, factory). The analysis gives grounds for conclusions that in Ukraine, contrary to other post-socialist countries (including Russia), the crisis in the science system has been on, due to the continuing outflow of young personnel and ongoing ageing process, resulting in prevalence of old age categories of scientists on higher qualification positions and on administrative positions at research institutes. Measures of the government to push youth to science (special competitions, support with dwelling, grants for international conferences, stipends etc.) did have a certain effect, but, not being systemic, failed to evolve radical change, as the share of young researchers still remains too small. Yet, in spite of the continuing reduction in research personnel, Ukraine still has a big stock of research personnel, and science & technology activities in Ukraine has featured stabilization during the latest years.
  • Olexandra S. Vashulenko, Tsentr doslidzhen' naukovo-tekhnichnogo potentsialu ta istorii nauky imeni G.M. Dobrova NAN Ukrainy, bulvar Tarasa Shevchenka, 60, 01032, Kyiv-32, Ukraine
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