Grad Student Uptick


If you travel abroad, you find that many of the government and business leaders you meet, particularly in developing countries, were educated in the US. Moreover, many of the best executives in our most innovative companies are foreign born. Since 9/11 the number of foreign grad students has declined and that's worried me. The US benefits handsomely from foreign-born grad students who come and stay as well as those who return home. Thomas Barnett reports that last year, for the first time since 9/11, the number of foreign-born grad students increased. Good news. If it were up to me, I'd give offer every foreigner who graduates from an accredited graduate program a green card--at least a scholarship.