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August 7, 2014
More than 100 Middle East Studies scholars and librarians have signed a letter calling for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions due to concerns about Israel’s policies in Gaza and “the complicity of Israeli academic institutions in the occupation and oppression of Palestinians.”
August 6, 2014
European Association for Chinese Studies reports that conference materials were confiscated and censored after chief executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, a conference sponsor, objected to contents.
July 28, 2014
A Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California died Thursday after being attacked by at least three men a few blocks from campus, The Los Angeles Times reported. Police said that Xinran Ji, an engineering student, was assaulted with a blunt object while walking home from a study group around 12:45 a.m.; he was able to make it to his nearby off-campus apartment, where he was subsequently found dead.
July 28, 2014
The University of Maine’s partnership with the for-profit pathway program provider and international student recruiting company Study Group resulted in fewer students than hoped for in its first year, the Bangor Daily News reported. The target was to recruit 50 international students to the University of Maine and 20 to the University of Southern Maine in the first year.
July 25, 2014
A U.S. Department of State database has been experiencing “significant performance issues, including outages" since last Saturday, resulting in delays for applicants for U.S. passports and visas, the Associated Press reported. A State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf, said that the problem is global and is not specific to any one country or visa category.
July 24, 2014
AAUP urges universities to terminate or renegotiate contracts for Chinese-government funded centers of language and culture. With about 90 Confucius Institutes established in U.S., will it have an impact?
July 24, 2014
With conflict in Gaza ongoing, some universities with study abroad programs in Israel suspend programs while others stay the course.
July 22, 2014
The African Literature Association is among a growing number of scholarly organizations that have backed the boycott of Israeli universities. In the rationale for its resolution, approved by the membership at the ALA’s annual meeting in Johannesburg, the association said that the resolution “is offered in the spirit of the past boycott of Apartheid South Africa, one of the ALA’s earliest efforts at political coalition politics.” 
July 17, 2014
A couple who made their fortunes in founding the Chinese real estate company SOHO China are setting up a $100 million fund to send low-income Chinese students to elite universities abroad, an initiative they launched on Tuesday by signing a $15 million gift agreement with Harvard University, The Wall Street Journal reported.
July 16, 2014
The nonprofit institute that manages the well-known Semester at Sea study abroad program has signed a “standstill agreement” with a German bank to prevent action by its creditors after it missed payments on an $83.5 million loan for its cruise ship, the Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va., reported. The May 2 agreement required the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) to pay $400,000 at signing and $100,0

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