International higher education

Reports that Trump administration is considering limits on visas for Chinese citizens cause concern

News reports that the Trump administration is considering restrictions on visas for Chinese citizens raise concerns about potentially “devastating” impact on American colleges and U.S. competitiveness.

FBI director testifies on Chinese students and intelligence threats

FBI director Christopher Wray tells Senate panel that American academe is naïve about the intelligence risks posed by Chinese students and scholars. Some worry his testimony risks tarring a big group of students as a security threat.

A year later the Trump administration's travel restrictions -- opposed by many in higher ed -- are having an impact


Visa data suggest decreases in the number of individuals from countries affected by the travel ban coming to the U.S. as students or for short-term business travel, a category that includes travel related to academic conferences.

NSF report documents declines in international enrollments after years of growth

NSF report shows 2.2 percent drop in undergraduate and 5.5 percent drop in graduate international enrollment.

Controversial start-up university fires founding faculty members


American University of Malta undertakes mass firings of faculty. The start-up institution, run by a for-profit company with no track record in higher education, has struggled to find students and is mired in environmental and political controversy in Malta.

Scholars and politicians raise concerns about the Chinese government's influence over international academe

Scholars and political leaders describe increasing concerns about Chinese government influence over teaching and research in the U.S. and Australia.

New book considers pedagogical implications of influx of Chinese students into U.S. higher ed

New book looks at “who changes, how much and into what” with influx of Chinese students into U.S. universities and at the underground learning networks students cultivate.

U.S. universities report declines in enrollments of new international students; study abroad participation increases

Open Doors survey shows declines in new international students starting in fall 2016, after years of growth. This fall universities report an average 7 percent decline in new international students.

Some universities are reporting declines in international enrollments, ranging from modest to substantial

Amid concerns about visas and the political environment, some institutions are maintaining or even increasing their enrollment numbers, but many report drops, some by as much as 30 to 50 percent for new students.

In U Miami announcement on Cuba, some see an outsized role for outside groups


After meeting with hardline, anti-Castro leaders, University of Miami says it won't enter into institutional agreements with Cuba. But what do faculty members think?


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