It seems as though manufacturing has come full circle in the U.S. Over the years, the manufacturing power shift went from the U.S. to Germany and Japan…and now resides in China. However, according to talks at the second annual Clinton Global Initiative – America, industry leaders are projecting that the U.S. may once again return to its roots and maintain its dominance in the manufacturing arena. Due to high demands for companies to research, design, manufacture, and bring products to market as quickly as possible, companies in both the U.S. and China are seeing the benefits of local production. If this happens, there will be an even greater demand to cultivate a skilled STEM workforce to run this economic engine.

In 2010-11, over 56,976 students were enrolled in U.S. universities, making China the largest exporter of undergraduates over any other [More…] country. Because the U.S. still maintains its integrity in post-secondary education, many Chinese are pushing their children to attend top U.S. universities. They hope for a better education and the potential option to live in the U.S. after school. In China, children are better educated over U.S. children in STEM fields, making them competitive applicants. “High standards and high expectations are the norm in China, not the exception, as is often the case in the United States.” Article ->