A multi-country survey conducted by personal technology company Lenovo concludes that students in emerging countries like India, Mexico, and Russia, are significantly more likely than students in developed countries to pursue STEM careers.
The 2011 Global Student Science and Technology Outlook "[calls] attention to the differences in how students around the world view science as a career aspiration," said Michael Schmedlen, the worldwide director of education at Lenovo. "While the study shows some interesting disparities, the outcomes suggest possible solutions for how to engage students and foster their passion for science."
The survey reveals that students in India ranked highest (82 percent) among those who believe it's very important for their country to lead the world in science. Mexico ranked second (81 percent) and Russia third (78 percent). In response to the same question, students in the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and Canada came in at 73, 61, 60 and 55 percent, respectively.
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