By Darlene Cay, Vince Nonato, Ralph Ty, Adrienne Adre and Charry Espino
Arwin Cruz is unlike many graduate students at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He studies full time at the UP College of Engineering and enjoys a full scholarship from the Engineering Research for Development and Technology (ERDT) Program.
But Cruz—and 266 other scientists enrolled in the ERDT program—could very well be part of the brain drain, succumbing to the lure of the private sector and even universities abroad because of the stringent rules and the discouraging system at the country’s premier State University.
The rules include an employment prohibition, a limited monthly stipend good only for three years, and the sluggish procurement of equipment, all of which contribute to delays in graduation of the country’s future scientists. Often, ERDT scholars have to cough up the funds to pursue their research projects, and wait months to be reimbursed.
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