A story in the Wall Street Journal talks about how more and more Chinese students are getting into US graduate schools. Application volume rose 18% last year and that is on top of over 20% increases over the last few years.
Should we be worried about this?
I guess there could be two main problems:
1) When a Chinese student is admitted to graduate school they take a spot that may have gone to a US citizen.
2) When that Chinese student finishes graduate school they go back to China and apply that knowledge so China can become an even bigger economic power.
For our universities to sit back and let this happen is a potential formula for future collapse of the entire system.
Right now the US has the best universities in the world. If you don’t believe this take a tour of any university on US soil and see how many foriegn students are there. Too many to count.
Take the same tour at any foriegn university and you will see how many US students you might fine. Very few if any.
By admitting these Chinese students our universities are transfering all the needed knowledge required so that in a decade or so the Chinese can set up their own Universities. So while the Chinese are sucking the economic life out of our middle class workers they are gunning for the more advanced workers too. Will we ever learn.
Sure we are forging good feelings about the US by bringing so many foriegn students here, but at what cost?
There are two simple things that could solve this problem and only one needs to be implemented:
1) Greatly reduce the number of Chionese students admitted to US Graduate schools. Give those seats to our own kids who will undoubtedly go on to make the US a better place to work and live.
2) When a Chinese student is awarded a graduate diploma give them automatic US citizenship so they can stay in the US and build companies, careers, and a life here.
Think about this the next time your child or someone you know is blocked from going to graduate school because a Chinese student took their place. THis paticularly stings because in one way or another all US Universities, public and private, were built usinkg a significant amout of taxpayer dollars. That’s your money. Do you want to it help build a stronger China or stronger USA?