ERIC Number: ED022416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The Non-Returning Foreign Student; The Israeli Case.
Why students come to and remain in the US may be explained by a variety of factors related to conditions in their home country versus conditions in the US. The strength of these operative factors was determined by the application of reason analysis to three groups: Israeli students and alumni population in the US, Israelis who have studied in the US but returned to Israel, and Israelis who have received all their higher education in Israel. To measure the extent of brain drain, basic demographic and educational characteristics of students were examined. Population lists were compiled, and Israelis who had returned from study abroad, as well as Israeli potential employees and persons occupying key positions in the educational system were interviewed. Based on these interviews, a systematic questionaire was designed and administered to the entire known Israeli student and alumni population in the US. A 67 percent response justified a rigorous analysis of its findings. A comparison of Israeli economic development with that of Japan and India indicates that a nation bent on social and economic growth must amplify its human capital, partly through foreign influence. But it must simultaneously build an institutional framework that maximizes its investment in human talent. If the level of individual skill matches that of economic development, the cost of non-return becomes directly related to a nation's commitment to and ability to effect social change. (JS).
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.