I just want to share an example of the attempts to recruit talent to Europe, which I discussed in my previous post:
Sweden is one of the countries where the authorities have realized that we are too few to support an ageing population. Not only is there a shortage of skilled professionals – there are also too few students to fill the universities. Therefore delegates from 15 Swedish universities are now visiting Chinese schools to recruit talent to master programmes and PhD programmes back home. Other Swedish universities have taken this one step further by establishing recruitment offices in China.
If we get more gifted students from China and elsewhere the general education level will be higher and that is all very good. But it will also generate a greater mix of perspectives. This aspect is missing in the discussion, though. Instead the debate is mostly about numbers and whether foreign students should pay for their education or not. (There are no tuition fees at Swedish universities.)
In other words – there is little recognition of the potential for innovative research that this cross-pollination may bring and maybe Sweden and other countries will pay a high price for this lack of vision. In any case it will be interesting to see what this movement of students will lead to. In a few years we will know.