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August 3, 2018
Chinese police broke into the home of a retired Shandong University professor as he was giving an interview to Voice of America, and now the broadcaster can’t reach him, VOA reported. Wenguang Sun was giving a live telephone interview in which he criticized China’s foreign aid policies when he reported to VOA that police had forcibly entered his home and demanded that he end the interview, which he refused to do.
August 3, 2018
Tokyo Medical University reportedly lowered the entrance scores of female applicants so that women would make up under 30 percent of successful applicants. The BBC cited a report in Japan's largest daily newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, that said medical officials began lowering female applicants' scores in 2011. The paper quoted an unnamed source who said the practice was sparked by concerns that female students were not going on to practice medicine.
August 2, 2018
A $717 billion defense spending bill sent by the Senate to President Trump for his signature Wednesday prohibits the use of appropriated funds for Chinese language instruction provided by a Confucius Institute or by a Chinese language program at a college or university that hosts a Confucius Institute.
July 30, 2018
An article in Politico Magazine about foreign espionage activities on the West Coast of the U.S. reports on several cases relevant to higher education.
July 26, 2018
The number of international students staying in the U.S. to work through the optional practical training program increased in 2017 but at a lower rate than in recent years, according to a new analysis of government data from the Pew Research Center. The number of international students participating in OPT -- which allows international students to stay in the U.S.
July 24, 2018
Protests and petitions call on universities to end their contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
July 24, 2018
International students in chemistry prefer to stay in the U.S. for postdoctoral research positions, according to a new working paper available from the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Will the U.S. Keep the Best and the Brightest (as Post-Docs)? Career and Location Preferences of Foreign STEM Ph.Ds.” (Available here for $5.)
July 23, 2018
American academic leaves China after losing his post, saying that “China has reached a point where I do not feel safe being a professor and discussing even the economy, business and financial markets.”
July 20, 2018
British students paint over the Kipling poem "If" with one by Maya Angelou, citing the British writer's poem "White Man's Burden" and "a plethora of other work that sought to legitimate the British Empire’s presence in India and de-humanize people of color."
July 17, 2018
The fees paid by international students -- and the colleges that host them -- to the U.S. government may increase soon. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is proposing to increase the mandatory Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee paid by applicants for F and M student visas from $200 to $350. Fees for most categories of J exchange visas will increase from $180 to $220. The fee for institutions seeking initial certification from the government to enroll international students will increase from $1,700 to $3,000.


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