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The Good and the Bad of North America Summit
(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
by Andres Oppenheimer
The summit of President
While much of the media coverage of Wednesday's summit in
According to senior Mexican officials, at a U.S.-
The poster, a copy of which was emailed to me, shows that
The Mexican plan, known as "Proyecta 100,000" also contemplates increasing the number of U.S. students going to
The plan is geared at turning
Right now, the level of
Student mobility, especially that of foreign students to U.S. colleges, is considered a key issue in today's race for competitiveness, because all major world university rankings agree that U.S. universities continue to be by far the best in the world. They produce the bulk of scientific research and patents within the world's academic community.
Mexican officials say they plan to pay for the massive increase in student exchanges with public and private funds.
Sources close to the Obama-Pena Nieto meeting told me that, during the bilateral meeting, the Mexican president cited several areas in which the U.S. government could help speed up the student flow, including easing the U.S. visa paperwork and cost requirements for Mexican students. In coming months,
Also, to encourage an increase of U.S. students going to Mexican universities - there are now fewer U.S. students in
My opinion: It's a real pity that Obama,
They could have, for instance, announced plans to lift all remaining trade and services barriers across the board, to make multinational companies' supply chains more efficient, and compete more effectively with
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