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November 27, 2017
A group of visiting Chinese scholars briefly established a branch of the Chinese Communist Party at the University of California, Davis before shutting it down, the South China Morning Post reported. The secretary of the party branch, Mu Xingsen, confirmed the branch’s establishment but said it had already been dissolved due to concerns about violating local laws. The article noted that the U.S.
November 21, 2017
At Middle East Studies Association conference, scholars take on thorny questions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their teaching.
November 21, 2017
The number of newly enrolled international students in the U.S. grew by 104 percent between 2008 and 2016, far surpassing the overall enrollment growth rate of 3.4 percent, a new analysis by Pew Research found.
November 20, 2017
The Chinese Communist Party is seeking to exert more control over foreign universities, raising concerns that guarantees of academic freedom will not be honored, the Financial Times reported.
November 17, 2017
A more than monthlong strike of faculty at Ontario’s 24 public two-year colleges will continue after 86 percent of union members voted to reject the College Employer Council’s contract offer. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union reported Thursday that 95 percent of the 12,841 members on its voter list cast a ballot.
November 16, 2017
An economics professor at China’s Guizhou University said he has been suspended and his undergraduate classes cancelled, Radio Free Asia reported.  Yang Shaozheng said he was told by university administrators that his classes were cancelled due to “something he said” and that the order had come from “higher up.” He believes the suspension is connected with questioning he’s faced from police over “sensitive materials” he submitted to a publishing house.  
November 16, 2017
The 18-year-old son of a prominent human rights lawyer in China who plans to study in Australia was barred from leaving China, The Australian reported. Government officials reportedly cut Bao Zhuoxuan’s passport at the Tianjin airport and told him that “your departure may jeopardize state security, so you’re not allowed to leave China.” Bao had planned to f
November 16, 2017
International student enrollment increased by 10.7 percent at Canadian universities this fall compared to last fall, Universities Canada said. The biggest increase was in British Columbia, where international enrollments increased 15.6 percent.
November 16, 2017
Three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles, who were arrested on charges of shoplifting while on a team trip to China have returned to the U.S. and have been suspended indefinitely from the team, The Washington Post reported.
November 15, 2017
A Hong Kong university is accused of underreporting enrollment numbers to boost its faculty-student ratio and ranking. The university says it is commissioning an independent audit but emphasizes that there are differences in data definitions.


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