From China to Harvard
Global competition is not just for the workplace any more. It's coming home to America's premier colleges.
So says Boston Globe reporter Tracy Jan, who wrote this weekend about a math contest in Beijing that attracted recruiters from Harvard, Stanford, and Brown.
According to the story, there are only a few dozen Chinese students in Harvard's undergraduate programs now, but the number of applicants has grown from 10 two decades ago, to nearly 500 last year.
William Fitzsimmons, Harvard's admissions dean, made clear that the university wants a world-class math program and intends to recruit the best talent in the world. That's going to put some extra pressure on young, aspiring Americans.
From the story:
Even fifth-graders in Wellesley, Newton and Brookline, who as adults will face international competition for jobs, should begin beefing up their academic résumés if they want a shot at an Ivy League education, Fitzsimmons said.
"We're trying to send a message to young people, as young as primary school, to make the most of their studies," he said, "because they'll be competing with students around the world later on."
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