Nearshore Americas

More Latin Americans Studying in U.S.

The relatively lower-quality education throughout many areas of Latin America is often cited as one thing holding back tech innovation in the region. Of course, there are plenty of high-level schools, but many believe that more are needed to foster a wider adoption of the entrepreneurial spirit. For this reason, the spike in Latin Americans coming to study in the United States should be seen as good news, with the number of Brazilians jumping by 78% this year and Mexicans up 15%. “After decades of relative academic isolation, the region’s two biggest countries — Brazil and Mexico — are dramatically increasing their numbers of students attending U.S. universities,” wrote Andres Oppenheimer of the Miami Herald. It seems only a matter a time before many return home to create startups.

Jared Wade

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