Vijay K. Dhir, dean of the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, believes that the difficulties foreign students have faced coming into the country since September 11, 2001, have led to fewer students applying.

Dhir points out the importance of foreign students in bringing new perspectives to difficult problems and says it must be made easier for students to study in the United States in order for the country to remain competitive in science and engineering. “We are in a critical situation in the country,” says Dhir, “and if we don’t correct it we are going to be worsening it at a faster and faster rate.”

Dhir is quoted in the most recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education dated November 18, 2005, in the article “Enrollment of Foreign Students Falls for a 2nd Year, But recent surveys suggest the decline could end soon.”

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