AICU head challenges Ocean State ‘brain drain’

THE ASSOCIATION for private universities in Rhode Island received a $17,000 grant to develop an internship program for college students to combat “brain drain.” Pictured from left, are participants Mike Heinoneum and Greg Harvey, along with John Robitaille, head of Johnson & Wales University’s entrepreneurship center, Daniel P. Egan, president of the Rhode Island Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Patricia Mulcahey, associate director of AICU, and David M. Mitchell, dean of JWU’s College of Business. /
THE ASSOCIATION for private universities in Rhode Island received a $17,000 grant to develop an internship program for college students to combat “brain drain.” Pictured from left, are participants Mike Heinoneum and Greg Harvey, along with John Robitaille, head of Johnson & Wales University’s entrepreneurship center, Daniel P. Egan, president of the Rhode Island Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Patricia Mulcahey, associate director of AICU, and David M. Mitchell, dean of JWU’s College of Business. /
Daniel P. Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, is challenging the notion of a “brain drain” and says more college graduates than previously thought are willing to settle in the Ocean State after graduation. Egan and his associates at AICU studied the state’s purported brain-drain crisis as part…

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  1. I don’t think you can under state how important this is to the state of RI. Education is key to getting our great state back up and running at full speed. What we need now is a better educated workforce to help match talent with need in the larger economy. Companies will come here and stay here if they believe they have access to a good labor talent pool. Start up companies need the assurance that they can recruit good people from the local population. This is the correct model for this state to follow.