have begun to or begin to?


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"Many students are aware of the fact that, with growing numbers of graduate degree holders, employers have begun to reappraise the value of an academic diploma per se. Increasingly, companies prefer to hire students with the most relevant skills and experience, and not necessarily the one with the highest degree."

In the sentence, can I use "begin to" to replace the "have begun to", since the simple present can be used to describe a fact?

Thank you!
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