Why universities threaten Europe’s competitiveness

Five years ago in Lisbon European officials proclaimed their intention to become the world’s premier “knowledge economy” by 2010. The thinking behind this grand declaration made sense of a sort: Europe’s only chance of preserving its living standards lies in working smarter than its competitors rather than harder or cheaper. But Europe’s failing higher-education system poses a lethal threat to this ambition.

Read original article in The Economist.