March 24, 2006


In Reversal, Graduate School Applications From Foreigners Rise (ALAN FINDER, 3/24/06, NY Times)

The number of foreign students who applied to graduate programs in American universities during the current academic year increased by 11 percent from the year before, according to a survey to be released today. That growth reverses two years of decline that occurred in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. [...]

The council suggested that there were several reasons for the turnaround. After the attacks of 2001, foreign students, particularly those in scientific and technical fields, experienced trouble obtaining visas. But recent changes in government policy, though continuing to emphasize security, have made it considerably easier.

"There's no question that both Homeland Security and the Department of State do play a role in this turnaround," Debra W. Stewart, the council's president, said in a telephone interview yesterday.

Gee, you mean instead of demonstrating the permanent decline of American academic predominance under the philistine Republicans it was just a temporary dislocation traceable to terrorist attacks? Who'da thunk it?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2006 12:35 PM

What terrorist attacks?

Posted by: Genecis at March 24, 2006 1:58 PM

Those foreign engineering/science immigrants, while small in number, are part of the secret of US economic success. They found high tech companies, get patents, and win Nobel Prizes.

Keeping them out (while ignoring millions of illegals) was colossally stupid.

Posted by: Gideon at March 24, 2006 2:38 PM

Uneducated illegals aren't terrorist. College-educated legals are.

Posted by: oj at March 24, 2006 2:44 PM

Gideon, Don't think they are so small in number. When I went to my son's graduation at the U of I engineering school 7-8 years ago, a high proportion of the degees were to Chinese and other "foreigners". That's fine, but I wonder why the Illinois taxpayer is supporting the education of students from other countries, especially the Chinese, potential rivals. My son could not get into post graduate school with any financial aid because he was a white, non oriental male. Just as well. He went out and got a job :), but it did bother me at he time. Such poicies hardly seem in the best interests of the Country, but I guess I"m just some sort of Nativist.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 24, 2006 7:11 PM
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