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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 5:00 AM
      To: Chronicle Daily Report
      Subject: 10/3/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Thursday, October 3.

      * [snip]
      * COMMUNITY COLLEGES are the best conduits for helping
      low-income people out of poverty, but state policy makers,
      and even the institutions themselves, often hinder training
      that leads to lucrative careers, according to a report
      released today by a nonprofit employment-consulting group.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/10/2002100303n.htm

      * _______________________________________


      A glance at the September 28 issue of "The Economist":
      The "brain drain" in developing countries

      Developing countries are losing their most educated skilled
      workers to the world's wealthier nations, according to a special
      report on emigration. "For the world as a whole, it makes sense
      for the cleverest to exercise their skills where they can earn
      the greatest rewards. But what holds for the world may not hold
      for individual countries that lose large swaths of their
      educated middle class."

      The emigration of a nation's educated population can cause both
      political and financial instability, the article states. "Their
      departure removes the stabilizing political influence of a
      middle class" and depletes the ranks of taxpayers in their home

      However, the article notes, there are some potential benefits to
      this exodus of talent: "The possibility of leaving and the
      higher income to be earned abroad may encourage more people to
      go into higher education. As not everyone will leave, the result
      will be a bigger pool of skills than would otherwise be the
      case." Furthermore, emigration levels have inspired educational
      changes in countries like Mexico to equip their graduates for
      work abroad -- which, in turn, benefits a variety of students.

      Nevertheless, the article argues, nations on both the sending
      and receiving ends need to consider the negative consequences of
      emigration and act accordingly. Developing countries need to
      retain workers by making it "more attractive to stay home," as
      well as through other means, such as extending dual citizenship
      or using the Internet to "draw on expat skills and contacts."

      As for the wealthy nations, the article suggests, they should be
      directing more aid toward education in poorer countries, "aiming
      specifically to pay to train the people whom they are going to

      The article is available online at

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