Reporters on the Job

Ready to Apply: Contributor Matthew Malinowski says that the US initiative to attract more graduate students from Chile is creating a buzz there. "President Bush is very unpopular ... but this new education initiative has been very well received. It's gotten a lot of TV coverage here," he says.

Matt says that friends of his who are completing their undergraduate degree see this as an exciting prospect. "The demand is bigger than supply. There's hope that it's the start of something big – greater access to the US being the top-ranked factor," says Matt. "A lot of people like to travel, and the US is always an attractive destination – but strict visa rules and an unpopular foreign policy have dampened views of the US. This is changing that."

The first round of students will arrive in September 2008. Matt notes that there are certain areas that the US and Chilean governments have decided to focus on – technology, engineering, political science, and education. The idea, he says, is to focus on areas that are key to sustainability in the country. There's also hope that it will mean greater access for Chile, where a rich-poor divide persists.

"This is the first time that capable people of lesser means could consider study in the US. So they're hopeful about the greater possibilities for people of all backgrounds in Chile. That signal has been picked up on here."

– Amelia Newcomb
Deputy World editor

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK