Strengthening Science: First You Need Trained Scientists

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1468-1470
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1468

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BANDUNG, INDONESIA-- The current economic crisis threatens to slow to a trickle the flow of young scientists who go abroad for additional training. That exposure to science in the industrialized world has traditionally been an important way for Southeast Asian countries to build up a critical mass of scientists and engineers. In turn, their expertise is expected to help their countries compete in global markets and raise the standard of living at home. Along the way, policies are also being adopted to give universities and government research institutes greater leeway in developing partnerships with industry and making the best use of their human capital, from primary school to retirement.