July 9, 2004
Is There a Science Crisis? Maybe Not
Leaders warn of a labor shortage in the U.S., but indicators point to an oversupply
Last fall the president of the University of Maryland found himself doing something that none of his predecessors would have dreamed of trying. While on a trip to Taiwan, C. Dan Mote Jr. spent part of his time recruiting Taiwanese students to go to the United States for graduate school.
"Can you imagine an American university president doing that?" he asks.
In 1988 Taiwan sent more students to the United States than did any other foreign country, primarily to study science and