The economic downturn has led some leading American universities to scale back Ph.D. programs, but other countries are moving in the opposite direction. Countries such as Australia, Canada and Ireland are viewing the worldwide economic crisis as a time to invest more in doctoral education and associated research programs, The New York Times reported.... In some areas, however, the United States is mobilizing to take on the competition. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Hockey League and other groups are organizing a new campaign to get the top American hockey talent to enroll at colleges in the United States (with hockey teams) rather than going to Canada to play in the junior leagues there, Canwest News Service reported.
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