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Dr. Brittani Smit Named AVP of DEI and Anti-Racism at IES Abroad
Dr. Brittani Smit will be IES Abroad’s associate vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, effective June 1.
May 24, 2022
Purdue Welcomes Ukrainian Scholar Refugees
As part of its Ukrainian Scholars Initiative, Purdue University has so far matched 11 scholars fleeing war-torn Ukraine with campus hosts. The program seeks to help visiting scholars continue their scholarship safely in the U.S. for about a year.
April 18, 2022
Afghan Refugees and the Role of Higher Education in Global Crises
As Afghan refugees continue to settle in America, scholars discuss the role that higher education can and should play in resettlement.
March 13, 2022
2022 American Rhodes Class Features Six Black Students and Most Women Ever Selected
November 29, 2021
What Lies Ahead for U.S.-Asia Higher Education Partnerships?
In 2011, a groundbreaking partnership between Yale University and the National University of Singapore (NUS) began.
November 17, 2021
New Data Show Pandemic Decline in International Enrollment
COVID-19 has caused a decline in the number of international students studying in the U.S., but a possible rebound is likely.
November 15, 2021
How This Campus Works to Include International Students
OSU's student body president is an international student who is working to help meet the needs of international students.
October 25, 2021
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
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