Ph.D. candidates have a research requirement, which means having access to the state-of-art knowledge, skill sets and systems -- a combination the U.S. offers, said Youssef.
Youssef believes U.S. graduate programs will maintain their global edge for the foreseeable future, but he said other countries -- notably Singapore -- are investing heavily in their higher education capabilities.
"Unless we remain competitive ourselves, we stand to lose some of our international population to other countries and universities," said Youssef. Key to staying competitive will be the availability of research funding from the federal government.
In the current budget-cutting climate in Washington, research funding is a concern. "As long as there is enough funding available, we will remain on top," he said.
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