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  • Oxnonian06, comment. Economist Online Debate Series. December 15, 2007 08:37 - "As a citizen of a developing country, I can attest to the need for us to have access to the best universities in the world. Indeed, the standards of many developing countries' universities are quite low partly because they don't compete for the best students. Also if all governments don't compete for best students, developing countries will be trapped in low educational attainment leading to a widening of inequality in economic development. Moreover, many of us having gained an international education do return to our home countries to contribute to development and those that do stay and work in developed countries often contribute to their home countries economically through remittances, as well as contributing to the further development of the host nation."
  • imb07, commenter. Economist Online Debate Series. December 15, 2007 21:35 - "There are many bright people in the developing countries that are wasting their intelligence in very low paid and dicouraging job positions. Many of them could be very good researchers here in the United States but don't have the courage or the money to start from zero here. The government should do something in this direction instead of encoraging more and more illiterates to come here for the low paying jobs."
  • Tim A, commenter. Economist Online Debates. December 13, 2007 08:10 - "As a university student from a developing nation and studying in a developed country, I have to admit that my decision to vote Pro is based on my current stance. However, it is also true that the education I receive is inexistent in my country. If I were to compete against people from the developed world for a better living, I need a comprehensive education system that could only be offered by universities in developed world."
  • Stephanie Frances Augustin, commenter. Economist.com Online Debate Series. Education 2. December 13, 2007 21:50 - "As a student from Malaysia (the country involved in the Hindraf issue) and not well off enough to go to a good university, I cannot but agree with the proposition. I am now studying Journalism at a local college and feel stifled. After all, the standard of journalism in Malaysia cannot, cannot hold a candle to the standards of UK, US and Australian journalism. Thus, I took the SATs in the last year of my secondary schooling and I can qualify for the majority of the scholarships available in the US and UK. However, none could offer me a full scholarship, which would mean the living costs and tuition fees would kill me. So here I am, a top-scorer languishing in a government-supported college learning a craft that would do me no good in my home country. It is great that the best foreign universities are constantly on the lookout for good students (Proposition: Most university academics want to teach the cleverest youngsters they can find �€“ that is why they are in the job.) Its mutual. I'd like better lecturers, thanks. But full scholarships, including cost of living, are scarce. One can only get a full scholarship from Oxford if you can prove the education system in your country cannot fulfill your needs."

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