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Achieving Scientific Eminence Within Asia

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Science  17 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5998, pp. 1471-1472
DOI: 10.1126/science.1190145

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Will Asia be a strong science partner in the 21st century? Our future depends on solving critical problems, many of which require scientific or technical solutions. Asia, which contains two-thirds of the world's population, should be a source of considerable talent for tackling these problems. It has the advantage of geographic size, a youthful population, and increasing wealth. Scholarly activity has been widely respected in Asian cultures throughout their history. Over 400,000 Asian students enrolled in U.S. universities come from Asia (1). In the past, many of these students remained in the United States, but recently an increasing number are returning to their homelands. In response, several Asian countries are attempting to build fundamental research establishments to accommodate these returnees and to increase science capacity (2).