The Italian Almanac

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Italian Education Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza urged local university professors to retire after 70, making way for younger teachers.

"At 70 university professors should retire, and would want to do it if they were generous and honest, and go ahead with offering free seminars, mentoring students or donating their personal libraries to universities," Carrozza said in an interview with Radio 24, which is slated to air Saturday.

The minister went on to say that those who insist on remaining in a professorship role past 70 "offend their university and offend the young. At a time of sacrifice for all, there is even more reason for those who are over 70 to make a sacrifice, given that they have received so much from this world".