US Higher Education is a Ticket to Better Employment Opportunities

By Rajkamal Rao 
For foreigners in certain fields, there is no doubt that US higher education is a clean ticket to employment opportunities in the US.  The high-technology industry says that the US is not producing sufficient numbers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates and companies must rely on foreign STEM graduates to fill roles in technology companies.  With the Affordable Care Act now being implemented across the country, there is a huge demand for trained medical professionals - doctors, nurses and technicians - some of which can only be met by importing foreigners into the US. 

There is some evidence that the campaign by US industry to encourage foreign students to come to the United States has been successful. Foreign students, a majority of whom are from India and China, are now 45% of all graduate students in the STEM fields and earn 53% of all degrees.  In 2011, there were 286,066 STEM students, according to a study released by IEEE that pulled data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Student Exchange and Visitor Program.  Of those, 237,356 (or nearly 82%) were from Asia, the next highest sender was Europe, with 16,397 students (about 6%).   Click here to read more. 

About 5,000 Indian students join US universities each year to pursue their PhDs and a National Science Foundation study says that approximately 88% of them decide to immigrate to the US!  The truth is that the US welcomes these people with open arms.
Under pressure from the technology industry to continue to stay competitive and prevent the outsourcing of jobs, the US Congress is planning changes to the law governing STEM graduates.  Click here for STEM updates. 

The US experience gives you the confidence to do what you want to do in your career (and life).  The US culture is one of giving back to society after one has achieved success - just look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or the Warren Buffet foundation for inspiration.  Some of us, after spending over 25 years in the US, have decided to return to the country of our birth to help make it a better place. 
Many famous global Indians have been educated in the United States, including the following:
  1.  Vinod Khosla
  2.  Rajat Gupta
  3. Indira Nooyi
  4. Kalpana Chawla
  5. Hari Sreenivasan
  6. P Chidambaram
  7. Sam Pitroda
  8. Raj Chetty
  9. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan    
  10. Rakesh Gangwal
  11. Vikram Pandit
  12. Anil Ambani
  13. Late Prof. C.K. Prahlad
  14. Fareed Zakaria
  15. Padmasree Warrior
  16. Ratan Tata
  17. Aditya Birla
  18. Raj Reddy
  19. Sanjay Gupta
  20. Ravi Batra
  21. Dinesh D'souza
  22. Ramesh Ponnuru
  23. Subra Suresh; Heartiest Congratulations to Dr. Suresh from the Rao Advisors team on being selected to lead Carnegie Mellon University - one of the most prestigious institutions in the world!  This is a distinct honor and privilege.  See here for details.  Update, Feb 6, 2013.
  24. Nikesh Arora
  25. Amit Singhal
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