Extra-national academics

Gil Hardwick (gil@landmark.DIALix.oz.au)
Wed, 30 Nov 1994 23:56:18 GMT

Paul Neel wrote to me:

We have well over a dozen Australian nationals holding posts
within our university (Purdue) and I am sure that is reflected
throughout the major USA universities. Fair is fair. (The
preponderance of extra-nationals in our university system however,
are Asian.)

In what disciplines are these extra-nationals most heavily represented?

Is there an explicit policy of academic exchange, say on a one-on-one
basis to refresh the discipline, or alternatively is it a bulk numbers
game between governments as part of their joint Foreign Policy?

If this practice is widespread yet in the reality manages to achieve
little more than catering to the restless whim of individuals wanting
to make money and enhance their own prospects, how are we to maintain
the integrity of established knowledge?

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