Foreign Students Scoop Up More American Ph Ds

The foreign contingent studying in U.S. graduate schools is starting to dominate the ranks of doctoral students in key subject areas, notes the Washington-based Council on Competitiveness. Over half of the PhDs in engineering, mathematics, and economics awarded by American universities last year went to non-U.S. citizens. And foreigners earned over 45% of the doctorates in computer sciences and physics and astronomy.

Although expenditures by foreign college students in the U.S. are helping to reduce the trade deficit (BW--Nov. 4), the council is concerned about another aspect of the student influx: U.S. graduate schools in the sciences are increasingly becoming the training ground for foreigners who are acquiring skills and knowledge that will eventually boost their own countries' competitiveness vis-a-vis the U.S.

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