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Social philanthropy or feel-good outsourcing?

The New York Times has a piece on Serebra Connect, a freelance computer work marketplace with a social philanthropy twist:

Chinese universities now top the NSF list of institutions sending students to American graduate schools

For decades, American graduate schools have attracted students from all over the world. Over time, of course, the origins of international graduate students has shifted. For years, the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates has been following where Ph.D. recipients received their undergraduate degrees, and each year it publishes a list showing what universities and colleges graduate the largest number of students going on to get Ph.D.s in the U.S.

The latest survey shows that in 2006, two Chinese universities contributed more Ph.D. students to American graduate programs. This is notable because until now, American universities have dominated (but not monopolized) the top five slots.

The World... Now Flatter Than Even Tom Friedman Ever Imagined

An untold number of business books heralded the new age - when all manufacturing would end up in China, and all services in India. But it's taking just a few blips in the world economy to undermine much of the competitive advantage of Chinese factories and Indian call centers. A weak dollar, rising fuel prices, and a global recession are all conspiring to undermine the cost advantage of offshoring. Oh, and then there's those pesky rising wages in places like the Pearl River Delta and Bangalore. The world really is flat... as BusinessWeek reports:

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