International higher education

International students increase following pandemic declines

Colleges report a 68 percent surge in new international students enrolled this fall, following steep pandemic-related drops last year. The Open Doors survey also tracks the pandemic’s effect on study abroad.

Survey finds 'chilling effect' of China Initiative

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About half of Chinese scientists at U.S. universities report concerns about being surveilled by the U.S. government. Survey finds evidence that fears about a China-focused Department of Justice initiative to combat trade-secret theft may be harming American science.

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Faculty call for reinstatement of acquitted professor

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Faculty leaders at the University of Tennessee call for reinstatement of professor acquitted in China Initiative case, and for policy changes for when the FBI comes calling about a professor again.

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Question of NYU's control over NYU Shanghai sits at center of faculty suit

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Despite a previous claim that NYU was promised “absolute control” over NYU Shanghai operations, NYU Shanghai argued in an employee discrimination case that it is not controlled by NYU and therefore not covered by U.S. employment laws.

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Taliban takeover of Afghanistan raises fearsome consequences for students, scholars

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Scholars and students face desperate circumstances following Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

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Statement expresses ‘renewed’ U.S. commitment to international ed

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Departments of Education and State pledge a “renewed” commitment to international education. Advocates hope this could be first step toward a federal international education strategy.

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Prosecutors drop cases against scientists accused of hiding military ties

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The U.S. government has moved to dismiss cases against five Chinese researchers charged with lying about ties to the Chinese military on visa applications. The decision follows a mistrial in another case.

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Bard grapples with what it might mean to be declared ‘undesirable’ in Russia

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A long-standing partnership with St. Petersburg State has ended, and much uncertainty remains about the broader implications of the Russian prosecutor general’s designation.

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Biden administration withdraws proposed rule on duration of student visas

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More than 99 percent of commenters opposed the rule proposed by the Trump administration, which would have required international students to reapply for visas after two- or four-year fixed terms.

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NAFSA session focuses on efforts to scale up student and scholar visa processing amid pandemic

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State Department analyst says the department is prioritizing processing student and scholar visas but still faces continuing capacity challenges related to the pandemic.

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