Is a US Brain Drain on the Horizon? | YaleGlobal Online Magazine

December 20, 2009

U.S. Brain Drain

Consider these statistics:

25% of all new technology companies in the United States have an Indian or Chinese immigrant as a founding partner.

Patent filings by immigrants make up between 60-72% of filings from major technology companies.

Now…what happens when future immigrants end up staying in their native country and not moving to the U.S.?

This is the major concern raised in this article.  The United States has always been an innovator, and a nation of immigrants.  Now as other countries rise in economic prosperity, there may not be such a flood of immigrants coming into the United States.  Only 6% of Indian and 10% of Chinese college students surveyed wished to remain in the United States.

I’m not sure what the implication will be, but obviously educators need to be aware.  What can we do to continue to foster creative problem-solving in our future generation?  What can our education system do to encourage the next entrepreneur?  But to be certain, “China and India will no longer be farm teams for the scientific Big Leagues in America”

Is a US Brain Drain on the Horizon? | YaleGlobal Online Magazine.

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