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Biden Nominates UPenn President Amy Gutmann As Germany Ambassador
President Biden nominated University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Amy Gutmann to be ambassador to Germany, The New York Times reported. In doing so, Biden is giving an important post to someone who hired him for a lucrative university position after he left the Obama administration. Gutmann – well-versed in constitutional democracy and human rights – […]
July 6, 2021
Institute of International Education Selects 40 Institutions to Receive Study Abroad Grant
The Institute of International Education (IIE) named Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black university in Saint Louis, Missouri, as one of 40 recipients for a grant focused on increasing access to study abroad opportunities. As part of the IIE American Passport Project grant, 25 first-year students are selected from each institution to receive U.S. passports […]
July 1, 2021
Gallaudet University Develops Program to Support Deaf Youth in Nigeria
Using a $2.05 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development, Gallaudet University—alongside Wesley University, Ondo and the Nigerian National Association of the Deaf—plans to launch a program in Nigeria aimed at breaking down negative stigmas around deafness. Inspired by the late Dr. Isaac O. Agboola, who served as the dean of the […]
June 7, 2021
Predictions for Fall 2021 International Student Enrollment
As colleges and universities conclude their spring semesters, uncertainties remain around fall enrollment numbers—especially among international students.
June 4, 2021
Extending Respect and Resources to International Students
The higher education sector in the United States benefited for years from the financial pockets of the international community with minimal accountability and consideration for those students, making terminology such as ‘cash cows’ notoriously synonymous with international student enrollments. Historical demand for a U.S. education rose from ideals of versions of the American dream, decades of soft-diplomacy, and as the current academic and economic hegemony. However, last spring proved that the demand can quickly dissipate.
May 18, 2021
Verto Education Aims to Make Study Abroad More Affordable
With the COVID-19 pandemic creating uncertainty over the last year, Jennifer Long felt mentally and emotionally unprepared for college. Seeking other options, she was referred to Verto Education, a program founded to increase access to international exchange. Designed to be a “gap year without a gap,” first-year students can spend a semester or year abroad while earning 12-16 college credits.
April 16, 2021
Northern Kentucky University to Investigate White Supremacy Graffiti
Northern Kentucky University will investigate – and increase nightly police patrols – after white supremacy graffiti was found on campus, the second vandalization since the year’s start, CNN reported. The graffiti, found on public space “Housing Rock” included spray-painted stencils of the words, “Patriot Front,” in reference to white nationalist hate group Patriot Front. According […]
April 5, 2021
Stakeholders Assess Whether International Student Enrollment Will Rise After Sharp Decline
An Institute of International Education (IIE) survey of 700 colleges and universities concluded that there was a 16% drop in all international student enrollment in fall 2020, compared to fall 2019, and a 43% drop in new international student enrollment. Several factors, including what some are calling the “Biden bump,” seemingly are converging to reverse parts of the decline in international student enrollment during the presidency of Donald Trump.
March 31, 2021
Southern University at Shreveport Partners with Avance International University of Uganda for International Educational Opportunities
Southern University at Shreveport’s (SUSLA) Chancellor Dr. Rodney Ellis and Avance International University of Uganda’s President Dr. Samuel Majwega signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this month to expand international educational opportunities for both institutions. “It means that SUSLA faculty and students will benefit from even more opportunities to study abroad as well as making […]
March 22, 2021
How Can Universities Better Support International Students?
The American Council on Education (ACE) released a new report on Friday, titled “Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students.” It details ways universities can not only recruit international students but retain and support them.
February 12, 2021
International Students Sue Western Iowa Tech Community College, Alleging Forced Labor
About a dozen international students are suing Western Iowa Tech Community College, accusing the school of forced labor and trafficking, NBC News reported. The lawsuit – filed last Monday – accuses the school of coercing students from Brazil and Chile to come to the school under a J-1 visa program. Students were told the program […]
January 22, 2021
Georgetown Dismisses Allegation of Failing to Report Foreign Gifts
A recently released report from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos alleges that Georgetown University failed to properly disclose gifts and contracts worth several billion dollars from Chinese, Saudi Arabian and Qatari entities according to The Hoya. The Department of Education also accused Harvard University, Yale University, and Stanford University of failing to disclose the […]
November 6, 2020
Israeli Institution Helps Doctors Navigate Modern Medical Technology
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Holon Institute of Technology in Israel is starting a program to teach doctors how to use modern medical technology, The Jerusalem Post reported. The program – for the digital medical technologies bachelor’s degree – was created by Dr. Refael Barkan, HIT vice president of entrepreneurship, innovation and international […]
November 5, 2020
Experiencing the Presidential Election as an International Student
As an international student during the 2016 presidential election, I had very little idea what was happening in the year that preceded it, but it all sounded too complicated – electoral votes, caucuses, nomination, national conventions, all were foreign concepts to me. And I vividly remember election night. I stayed up all night with a group of friends with all sorts of backgrounds and experiences processing the outcome and what it might mean to us. Emotions were heightened, many were crying. Boy was that a night.
November 2, 2020
Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Study Abroad, Student Exchange Programs
Due to early travel restrictions imposed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the nature of COVID-19 itself, the ongoing pandemic has changed how study abroad and student exchange programs in higher ed operate across the U.S. and internationally.
October 25, 2020
International Students Elevate Higher Education
As an international scholar and a woman of color who worked in a higher education context and in a predominantly White university for eight years, I had my share of experiences with racial microaggressions. Microaggressions in this sense were comments that are based on stereotyping and clichés about my country of origin, my religion, and an ignorance that could be linked to White superiority and lack of desire to learn about other cultural and international groups.
October 23, 2020
Institutions Rethink International Recruitment as COVID-19, Political Climate Complicate Process
Due to the limits on in-person interactions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, graduate schools have transformed their recruitment strategies, especially for international students.
October 21, 2020
John A. Logan College Cancels Diversity Events, Citing Fear of Trump’s Recent Executive Order
John A. Logan College canceled all planned diversity activities last week, citing concerns that the school could lose federal funding if it violates President Donald Trump’s Sept. 22 executive order, which prohibits workforce diversity trainings that are “offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating,” FOX 28 reported. According to college officials, they “will […]
October 6, 2020
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