85 percent of graduate students in Haiti leave the country

85 percent of graduate students in Haiti leave the country and this generates a serious intellectual deficit for the country, according to Saulo Neiva, director of the regional office of the Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF).

The Graduating Class in Haiti - Ecole de Droit et des Sciences Economiques de Hinche
The Graduating Class in Haiti - Ecole de Droit et des Sciences Economiques de Hinche

Mr. Neiva presented his figures during his speech during a day of meetings on higher education and research in Haiti on May 8.

The brain drain that Haiti has experienced since François Duvalier's ascension to power continues, even if for reasons that were different from the past. Like Michaelle Jean, Dany Laferrière among others, who had fled the country to seek their way elsewhere, many young university graduates leave the country once their studies completed.

According to the director of the regional office of the Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF), 85% of graduates are concerned by this reality. "85% of graduate students in Haiti eventually leave the country," he said during a day of meetings on higher education and research in Haiti. These statistics represent, in fact, about 10% more than those recorded under the reign of Duvalier. Worrying.

This state of affairs, according to Neiva, generates a serious intellectual deficit for the country. Mr. Saulo Neiva, who invites actors to act, thinks that the problem must be attacked in many forms because there are real socio-economic difficulties and it is difficult for young people to find a job or start a business at home. . But also, there is the cultural factor that suggests that leaving the country is a sign of social success.

The director of the AUF, explaining that the young graduates who leave the country towards other territories more clement are often exposed, in their land of reception, with works out of their fields of competences, reminds all the actors that "there is no magic solution" and that it is necessary to act at all costs.

Read more, in French, from loophaiti.com

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