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November 24, 2005



Hi Tomasso,

I think I should congratulate Italian system on achieving one of the most objective procedures of obtaining tenure.

You go through exams and you get your score, the highest score wins.

It may seem unfair to subject "mature physicists" like yourself to such an ordeal, but this is fair game.

In the U.S. the things seem to be pre-determined or decided through "networking" and politics (at least at the selection of short list stage).

congratulations and good luck with University position.


dear Dmitry,
even in Italy most positions are pre-determined: e.g. you can see that an oral exam is considered as more important than career titles. The difference with respect to the US system is that here, thanks to the "objective" procedure, nobody has the responsability of the choices. I doubt this is a better system.

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