Ecuador Brain Gain

July 13, 2012 - 10:48 AM
In this photo taken on June 18, 2012, student Carlos looks through a microscope during a science lab class at Benalcazar High School in Quito, Ecuador. Carlos is one of the participants in a new program that aspires to convert this South American nation into a global competitor. In exchange for each state-paid year of school, the professionals guarantee to work at least two years back at home. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa isn't just bent on staunching brain drain, in which top-flight talent flees developing countries for lack of local opportunity. He's determined to reverse it, create a brain gain. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)