Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Chinese are coming!

I anticipate that the increased number of Chinese students attending American colleges and universities will concern some people.

In fact, there's more than 25,000 of them at American colleges big and small. I also call to your attention a plan by almost a dozen colleges in and around the Pittsburgh area to reach out to all international students.

Sure, there is no guarantee that these international students will remain in the United States after they complete their education. But why should they be required to stay here? When they attend college in the U.S. they are not asked to make a commitment to stay in this country, and that's the way it should be.

The concern that people have -- and I've heard it expressed to me on more than one occasion -- is that international students will "come here to learn from our brightest people" before going home.

This is a bad thing? They not only will learn from our college professors but they also will learn about our culture, our way of life and our best asset -- our people.

Welcome to the 21st century.

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