Nearly one in five college degrees awarded in Asia are in engineering fields, but only one in 20 U.S. degrees are, writes Andres Oppenheimer. Part of the problem is the way studies are taught in the Americas, he argues. "[T]he fact that most of our countries are run by lawyers while rapidly-growing China is run by engineers should serve us as a reminder of the need to produce more engineers, and to make engineering studies more fun," Oppenheimer writes.

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