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Guard against 'brain drain' for international students, Pope urges

December 02, 2011

Universities should help foreign students to become “architects and protagonists of a more human world,” Pope Benedict XVI said on December 2.

The Pope cautioned that young people who travel abroad for study should “not get absorbed into the 'brain drain' but become a socially and culturally relevant group in view of their return as future leaders to their countries of origin.”

Speaking to a congress on international students, organized by the Pontifical Council for Migrants, the Pontiff said that study abroad helps to “build cultural, social, and spiritual bridges.” He added that evangelization at universities is needed in order to counteract the influence of “weak ideologies” among young people.


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