The figures released by the Ministry of Education are clear: in Italy the registrations at the university are in steady decline. The last three years have been well 30 thousand in less than graduates who have chosen to continue their studies and since 2003 the freshmen fell by 78 thousand units. Just as Europe invites you to invest in young people for economic recovery.

The data confirm what has already reported the ministry last year by the National University Council (CUN) and about the loss of appeal of the university. Even the academic year 2013-2014 follows the trend of previous years. From the data of the Ministry of Education show that the decline from 2012-2013 is 3.4 per cent, slightly more than 260 thousand new freshmen, compared to almost 270 thousand to twelve months ago. And if you were 290 thousand in 2010-2011, the account is easily done: registered 30 thousand in three years. Despite a steady increase in the number of graduates.

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Compared to data released by the Ministry of Education, figures seem far removed those recorded in 2003-2004 : then the freshmen were more than 338 thousand. Nothing could reform cycles in the formula 3 +2, closer to the Anglo-Saxon system and those of other EU countries. And nothing seems to be able to Europe that asks Italy to increase the number of graduates, according to Brussels the true key to exit the economic crisis.

The reasons for a decline in a decade that it has become a trend constant and heavy, which seems to indicate a diminishing confidence of young people and families against the Italian university? The increase, which is also constant, the tuition fees – and the parallel reduction of funds for scholarships according to many is the primary cause of the increasing number of low enrollment in our universities.

Thanks to the economic crisis, which has made ​​it difficult for many Italian families. Only a few days ago, the rector of the University of Bologna, he expressed his concern to the press: “I get so many letters from those who can not make it, email to students or families that I represent dramatic social cases.” And, according to some, also because of the limited number of which now affects more than half of the courses of study.

The universities are trying to run for cover against the drop in registrations with initiatives ranging from tight battle to misrepresentation ISEE granting economic benefits to deserving students. But the initiative of individuals is not sufficient and the rectors to the government asking for help: yesterday is a new appeal, this time to the Chairman of the Board responsible, to save and revive the Italian university system.