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Program Luring Foreign Talent Gets a Boost

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Science  27 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5394, pp. 1623
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5394.1623a

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA-- An effort is being spearheaded here to lure foreign scientists to Russia for short stints of teaching or research in order to fire up students--and, perhaps, preserve high-level science in the fraying former superpower. In a tribute to how highly regarded the 4-year-old program--called the International Center for Advanced Studies (INCAS)--has become, it is now being replicated in two other regions. Earlier this month, the Open Society Institute, a foundation set up by financier George Soros to support reform in Eastern Europe, approved plans to fund INCAS centers in Saratov and Moscow, in partnership with local authorities.