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Monday, April 06, 2009

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Alex Tolley

US institutions are often the back door to entry. The reason for the drop off in MS's is that foreign students with BS's went to some well known universities, like Texas to take their MS with the sole purpose of using the entry as a way to get an H1B visa job.

I am not against this in principal, but in the computer industry, US employers were in outright breach of the employment rules - US citizens first unless unavailable. As a result, we had a high unemployment rate for US engineers who were deemed too expensive compared to effectively indentured H1B visa employees. The outsourcing trend just further ensured access to lower cost employees in some industries.

It would not surprise me if the outsourcing plus the US recession has tipped teh balance for the demand for MS degrees in the US - why pay for the degree, when you can get work at home more easily?

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