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January 20, 2004

It's the Private Life For Me

It's true - working at a private university is cushier than the equivalent job at a public institution, at least in terms of working hours. A survey by the education ministry has shown that faculty at national universities work an average of 350 more hours a year than their counterparts in the private sector. The average number of hours worked annually was 2,985, compared to 2,631 at private universities. When it comes to time spent on research, there is a 400-hour gap, despite the fact that education is emphasized more at private schools by an average of 100 hours a year. The results may further fuel calls from the private sector for national universities to concentrate more on education and turning out socially useful graduates. The survey was sent out in November 2002 to 20,000 randomly selected faculty members, of whom about 11,000 replied by March of last year.

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