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China losing top-notch talent 'at highest rate in world'

China losing its best talent at highest rate in the world, says official from working group

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 June, 2013, 11:15am

China is losing top-notch talent at the highest rate in the world as students who seek degrees abroad opt to remain overseas, the official People's Daily reported yesterday.

An average of 87 per cent of students in science and engineering stay overseas, the newspaper said, citing an official from a government working group on talent. China needs to compete better for human talent, the report cited the official as saying.

Young Chinese have flocked to overseas schools in search of degrees. The country's policy of limiting many couples to one child and its growing wealth mean middle-class families can afford tuition in the United States and other countries such as Britain and Australia that far exceeds the costs of Chinese universities.

Chinese citizens now account for the largest proportion of foreign students at American universities, the Institute of International Education said in a November report.

Chinese enrolments at US universities in the 2011-2012 academic year increased by 23 per cent, it said.

The country lacks high-level innovative and entrepreneurial talent, the People's Daily cited the official as saying. Investment is not sufficient and institutional obstacles have not been eliminated, it said.



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cleaner air and cleaner government -- more freedom. it's a no-brainer for anyone with money and intelligence
Agreeed. better quality of life on all fronts. its truly amazing they are surprised.
Being an illiterate is better than being a rude literate.
Your comment speaks a lot about your upbringing as well.
Hardly surprising because even the French, the German and the Brits are flocking to the US for education and life. The in- and out-flow of exchange students between Germany and the US is on a par, but given that the US population is 4 times as large, the US advantage is huge. And, the real shocker is yet to be mentioned. Whereas US students go to foreign countries mainly for exchange purposes (1 year stay maximum), foreign students (Europeans, Japanese, Koreans and HKers included) go to the US for degrees. This is the pyramid effect. Every country is losing talent to the US.
Why Edward Snowden come here then?
Nobody on the mainland is surprised, and nowhere in this report is surprise mentioned or suggested because the magnitude of brain drain is known for decades. But with illiterates like you, such reading is hardly surprising.


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