December 11, 2007

Economist Debate 2: University Students and Nationality

Perhaps you remember a previous post here regarding the Economist online debate. The debate got my attention when my work was mentioned in the rebuttal.

The Economist Online is having it’s second debate, I’ve been told1. They’re considering another interesting question.

“This house proposes governments and universities everywhere should be competing to attract and educate all suitably-qualified students regardless of nationality and residence.”

Here’s the debate schedule as well:

  • Dec 11th – Opening statements
  • Dec 12th – Guest participant statement, Deborah L. Wince-Smith, president, U.S. Council on Competitiveness
  • Dec 14th – Rebuttals. Share comments on the issues so far, and vote
  • Dec 18th – Guest participant statement, Irene Mia, Associate Director and Senior Economist with the Global Competitiveness Network at the World Economic Forum
  • Dec 19th – Closing arguments by the Speakers. Post final comments and vote for your winner
  • Dec 21st –Debate winner announced

Opening statements are today. If you have any comments, feel free to post them here. I plan to follow the debate and have another post on the subject before the 21st, after reading the arguments.

The question interests me because the subject of shrinking numbers of technical advanced degrees in the US has come up recently in discussions about mathematics education. The responsibility of universities is also an interesting subject.

1 I was contacted by someone doing PR for the Economist. They notified me of the details for this second debate. More and more frequently I am contacted by PR and marketing for various events/products. Sometimes the information they pass along is of interest to me, and I think you might be interested. When that happens, I’ll post about it. But whenever I am posting after being contacted by PR, I want to disclose that to you. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary; it’s not a paid post or anything like that. But it is something somewhat new and different, and I’ll let you be the judge about whether it makes a difference. I will say that most of the time I’ve been contacted it’s because of something I’ve already written. PR folks are using blogs to communicate to audiences/customers but the targeting is pretty good so far.

Posted by James at December 11, 2007 12:27 AM
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