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Immigrants Are Greater Share of Science Workforce

Immigrants to the United States are making up a larger share than in the past of the science and engineering workforce, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation. Among the data points in the study:

  • From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the U.S. rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. A key subset of that increase was a rise in the number of immigrant scientists and engineers, which went from 3.4 million to 5.2 million.
  • Immigrants went from making up 16 percent of the science and engineering workforce to 18 percent.
  • The number of immigrant scientists from India increased 85 percent from 2003 to 2013. Other countries of origin and their increases include: the Philippines at 53 percent and China (including Hong Kong and Macau) at 34 percent.
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Cairo U Bans Faculty From Wearing Face Veils in Class

Cairo University is banning faculty from wearing the niqab, a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers the face, in classrooms, Ahram Online reported. The university’s president said the decision was made to "ease communication with students," but others have criticized the ban as discriminatory.

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At Generation Study Abroad summit, discussions focus on how to double U.S. study abroad participation

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At the Generation Study Abroad summit, a shared goal is to increase -- and diversify -- the pool of American students going overseas.

U of Hong Kong Council Rejects Candidate with Pro-Democracy Ties

In a case that’s been closely watched for its academic freedom implications, the University of Hong Kong’s governing council voted 12 to 8 to reject the appointment of Johannes Chan Man-mun to a pro vice chancellor post, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Chan, a former law dean, is widely perceived as being punished for his support for democracy and his close ties to Benny Tai Yiu-ting, a co-founder of the Occupy Central movement.

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4 North Seattle College Students Killed in Crash

Four international students at North Seattle College were killed on Thursday in a collision between a charter bus and an amphibious "Ride the Ducks" tour vehicle that left dozens of others injured, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. The college said the bus was carrying about 45 students and employees from its international programs office to a new student orientation event at the Seattle Mariners' stadium, Safeco Field.

The college said several students remained in critical condition on Thursday evening, and other students and an employee sustained serious injuries. The crash occurred on Seattle's Aurora Bridge.

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Student Questioned for Reading Terrorism Studies Textbook

Staffordshire University, in England, has apologized to a student who was questioned by a university official after he was seen reading a terrorism studies textbook in the library, The Guardian reported. Mohammed Umar Farooq, who was enrolled in the university’s terrorism, crime and global security master’s program, said he was asked his views on homosexuality, the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. Farooq said he was so unsettled by the incident that he chose not to continue his program.

Staffordshire’s apology to Farooq came after a three-month investigation. The university said it was responding to a “very broad duty … to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.” A new law imposing a duty on universities to counter extremist ideology went into effect in the United Kingdom this week.

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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.

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