tirsdag 30. april 2019

For a growing number of Chinese students, the doors to America are closing

Like millions of China’s brightest before him, David Yu flew across 12 time zones some seven years ago from his native Beijing to pursue postgraduate studies in the US. The plan was to get his doctorate in advanced materials engineering, work for a top US multinational company and eventually return home, where his “gold-plated” resume would open the doors to plum jobs. That was the plan, anyway.

Months after receiving his PhD last year, the 30-year-old specialist in alloys used in airframes and jet engines has yet to land a job in the aerospace industry. At companies like Boeing, many jobs require a government security clearance granted only to US citizens. Boeing representatives did not respond to a request for comment.