For U.S. Colleges in India, Great Possibilities, Thwarted Hopes

February 11, 2013

American colleges have to be in India. After all, no other country in this century, save China, is likely to be as important geopolitically, financially, demographically, culturally. Globally savvy students ought to study here. There are research opportunities for political scientists and public-health specialists, economists and ethnomusicologists. And, simply put, India, where half of the 1.2-billion-and-growing population is under 30, needs help—building enough universities, wiring enough classrooms, training enough teachers. "It is a place of such great promise," says John E. Dooley, who formerly led Virginia Tech's international efforts, "that you just have to find a way to engage."