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Should university student be required to work in their country of origin for a number of years after graduation

  • Your country your future

    Graduates should be required to work in their country of origin first before all else. A doctor can not work in another country if their home country has a shortage of doctors. Charity starts at home. So make your country a better place before anywhere else you might think of.

  • Such Restriction Limits Potential

    Firstly, working in a foreign country with better infrastructure and experts, allows the accumulation valued experience that can be brought home. A doctor from the Horn of Africa that studied and practiced in the United States or United Kingdom would be significantly more beneficial than if he were to jump straight to work in his home country. He would then be able to replicate what he saw and learn, bring the right instruments to equip him and his team in his homeland. He would be a deer in the headlights if he started as a graduate without better guidance.

    Secondly, we should not divide and limit ourselves by meaningless lines or borders that were drawn decades ago for a myriad of reasons. If the most talented physicist or mathematician turned out to be a person from a small island in the Pacific sea, do you want this person to limit his potential and just perform research in his home country? Having him continue his research at the best institutions in the world in terms of quality academics and infrastructure/labs would lead to greater achievements for us all. Giving Albert Einstein the opportunity to leave Germany and continue his research in the US has given us breakthroughs in the field, still benefitting us till this day.

  • This would have negative economic consequences

    Some countries naturally produce more graduates in certain fields than in other fields. In fact, some countries have better educational infrastructure for training graduates in certain fields. To make such a requirement would necessitate one of two solutions:

    1. Countries would have to overhaul their systems to ensure that much of the demand for highly educated workers is met by workers from within their country.

    2. Countries would have to ship students (even children) to other countries to become educated. But if a student is raised and educated in one country as some latent import into their "home country," which country is their true home: the place where they developed into a fully functioning member of society, or the place they were born?

    Either way, the outcome would be much less efficient than allowing graduates to move around to meet demand. A lack of necessary professionals such as doctors should be solved through government incentives or restructuring of the health care system. At the end of the day, forcing graduates to stay in their home country keeps them from finding the place where their services would be most valued.

  • This would be inefficient.

    Some countries naturally produce more graduates in certain fields than in other fields. In fact, some countries have better educational infrastructure for training graduates in certain fields. To make such a requirement would necessitate one of two solutions:

    1. Countries would have to overhaul their systems to ensure that much of the demand for highly educated workers is met by workers from within their country.

    2. Countries would have to ship students (even children) to other countries to become educated. But if a student is raised and educated in one country as some latent import into their "home country," which country is their true home: the place where they developed into a fully functioning member of society, or the place they were born?

    Either way, the outcome would be much less efficient than allowing graduates to move around to meet demand. A lack of necessary professionals such as doctors should be solved through government incentives or restructuring of the health care system. At the end of the day, forcing graduates to stay in their home country keeps them from finding the place where their services would be most valued.


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