International joint- and dual-degree programs are becoming more numerous in Europe, but interest also is rising in the United States, according to presenters at the annual meeting of the European Association for International Education.
The Council of Graduate Schools detailed the results of a new poll of joint and dual degrees at U.S. graduate schools. The council says that enthusiasm for such programs are rising due to the dwindling interest in science and engineering degrees among U.S. graduate students, international realization that graduate education is essential to economic competitiveness, and signs that U.S. universities can no longer rely on a guaranteed steady flow of foreign graduate students to fill their programs. Most master's-level joint- and dual-degree programs in both Europe and the United States are in business and engineering, while the physical sciences and engineering are the most common fields for formal collaboration at the doctoral level.
A 2009 study by the Institute of International Education and the Free University of Berlin found that both European and U.S. universities are more likely to have collaborative degree programs with European partners than with institutions elsewhere in the world. Motivating factors for international collaboration include a desire for development and for halting the movement of talent from the developing world. Analysts say that joint and dual degrees will probably become more common in the United States as U.S. universities strive to cost-effectively broaden their academic offerings on a global scale.
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