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The Syrian refugee crisis and higher education

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Multiple programs and scholarships seek to help refugees from Syria and elsewhere obtain higher education, but the need dwarfs the response.

Iran Allows Americans to Enroll at Tehran U

Iranian authorities have given permission for five Americans to enroll in a master's program at Tehran University, a move being hailed in Iran as a breakthrough that might not have been possible without the recent lessening of tensions between Iran and the United States, The Christian Science Monitor reported. The students are enrolled in a program in Iranian studies. Three other Americans are enrolled in a Persian language program.

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Dartmouth Drops Need-Blind Admissions for Foreign Students

Dartmouth College will no longer be need blind in admitting international students, starting with the next admitted class (the class of 2020). The college had previously been one of a small number of American institutions that didn’t consider financial need in admitting international students under a policy that was in place for the classes of 2012 through 2019.

Dartmouth will continue to meet 100 percent of financial need demonstrated by admitted international students, and remains need blind in admitting U.S. citizens and permanent residents, applicants with refugee or asylum status in the U.S., and undocumented students in the U.S., according to a university spokeswoman.

“Our goal is to increase and stabilize the population of international students on campus, and to enroll a population that is geographically, culturally, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, and which is robust and sustainable. Financial need will be considered as just one of many factors,” Dartmouth’s director of media relations, Diana Lawrence, said in an email.

5 Years in Prison for Fraudulent Admissions Consultant

An education consultant who was found guilty by a Massachusetts jury of defrauding a Hong Kong family of $2 million was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, and ordered to repay the family $839,000, The Boston Globe reported. Mark Zimny was charged in the case with claiming that, for fees, he could get their sons into top colleges, and he made these claims with no authority from the colleges.

Plan seeks to promote advanced degrees without brain drain for Egypt

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Private equity company offers full scholarships for master's level study in U.S. or Europe, but students must return home for two years of work after finishing degrees.

College Chief Gets Prison for Fraudulent Visas

A college leader accused of participating in a scheme to commit student visa fraud has been sentenced to a year in prison for submitting false documents to the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced. Jerry Wang, the chief executive officer of Herguan University, pleaded guilty to document fraud in April.

“Jerry Wang has admitted submitting over 100 fraudulent documents to the government in an effort to circumvent the rules applying to international students,” Acting U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch said in a statement. “In doing so, he has imperiled the programs that allow international students to visit the United States in order to engage in valuable educational exchanges.”

In addition to the prison sentence, Wang must pay $700,000 in fines.

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Toronto Universities Remove Posters for White Union

Three Toronto-area universities have removed posters that were place on campus advertising a "White Students Union," the Canadian Press reported. The posters went up recently at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and York University. "A poster like that is obviously a cause for concern and if there are concerns that the subject matter is offensive, they will be taken down," said a University of Toronto spokeswoman, Althea Blackburn-Evans.

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Brazil Expected to Cut Back on Scholarship Program

A large-scale foreign scholarship program funded by the Brazilian government will likely be scaled back as the country faces an economic crisis and a dramatic slide in the value of its currency, Times Higher Education reported. The budget for the Sciences Without Borders program, which launched in 2011 with the goal of sending more than 100,000 Brazilian students abroad, would be reduced from about 3.5 to 2.1 billion Brazilian reals under budget proposals recently presented to the country's congress. Some expect that the scholarship program will be cut back to only pay for graduate (and not undergraduate) awards.

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Charges Dropped Against Professor Accused of Sharing Secret Technology With China

The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped all charges against a Temple University professor and physics department chairman accused of sharing secret semiconductor-related technology with scientists in China after a key flaw emerged in the government’s evidence, The New York Times reported. Xi Xiaoxing, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was thought to have sent a blueprint for a device known as a pocket heater to colleagues in China despite having signed an agreement to keep the device’s design secret. But independent scientists -- including an inventor of the pocket heater -- have attested that the blueprints were not for a pocket heater at all. Xi’s lawyer said that the professor’s correspondence with Chinese scientists involved a different, nonrestricted technology.

The Justice Department said that it was dropping the charges against Xi “in the interests of justice.” Xi was arrested in May, when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took him from his home in handcuffs.

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Vice chancellor discusses push for change at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand

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Adam Habib, vice chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, discusses how he plans to recruit more black academics without resorting to a freeze on the hiring of white academics.

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