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In many respects, the research system is a truly global endeavour. Throughout the world, researchers
share a common understanding of what academia entails, as well as a passion for what they are
doing. Our precursor study suggests that young scholars enjoy their work. It is in particular the excitement
associated with research and discovery that motivates them to pursue an academic career path.
They also value the flexible nature of the work, allowing them to dedicate their time in a self-organised
and autonomous fashion. Knowledge in science and academia is universal, inviting researchers from
all over the world to participate in and contribute to its creation and use.
However, underneath this idealistic conception of academia, our precursor study also reveals significant
challenges for the community of young scholars all over the world. - by Irene Friesenhahn & Catherine Beaudry for the Global Young Academy, 2014