Friday, May 19, 2017

Optional Practical Training visas up

The numbers are up for international students staying in the U.S. on "Optional Practical Training" visas according to the Pew Charitable Trust. The largest number of visa approvals go to STEM graduates and those of Chinese or Indian nationality. The U.S. institutions heading the list with the most graduates granted OPT visas include: 1) University of Southern California, 2) Columbia University, 3) New York University, 4) Carnegie Mellon University, and 5) City University of New York.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Study abroad for those studying abroad

A U.S. News and World Report article addresses one of the great opportunities that international students in the U.S. might pursue - studying abroad at another institution while studying at the U.S. university. While some might think studying abroad at another site might not be warranted, if it's an advantage to U.S. students, why wouldn't it be for international students as well? The article provides advice on how and when to choose a temporary study abroad location, including issues of fees and visas.

Higher education massification in Africa

Like China, India, and other countries where the demand for higher education is growing due to massive youth demographics, many countries in Africa are facing similar problems. Due to the lack of government funding for increased numbers of institutions, the growth has been in the size of institutions, resulting in the massification of universities, increasing faculty/student ratios, and declining quality. Two solutions might be to encourage more private education and to welcome greater diversity of types of institutions (including polytechnics and technical institutions). The issue in both cases is cost and quality.

Language and intercultural understanding

The study of foreign languages among U.S. students has declined over the years, likely the result of the preponderance of English throughout most regions of the U.S., although larger urban centers have greater language diversity. This decline places U.S. citizens at a disadvantage in a world where travel, work, and living across borders is becoming so prevalent. Reisinger poses a rationale for why a renewed commitment to language learning should complement educators' commitment to intercultural understanding.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Universities moving into high schools to attract international students

The market for international students is becoming increasingly competitive within the U.S.A. and between the U.S.A. and many other countries. In an effort to eventually attract international applications for university enrollment, some universities are now moving into offering high school programs.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Where do Presidents place their priorities

Higher education, whether in the U.S. or elsewhere around the world, is influenced by the coming and going of presidents. According to an article in Education Dive, the priority of most college and university presidents isn't on the student experience. This is one of those U.S. trends that those who value high quality and transforming learning hope will not transfer to higher education around the world.

France positioning well for EU and its future

As various countries have experienced the dynamics of divisive elections, a pattern of populist and isolationist appeals versus internationalist views that open trade and education to the world has been evident. France's election of Emmanuel Macron has been well received by the substantial majority of French citizens but also by its scientists. Macron has pledged to retain support for environmental and clean-air initiatives as well as broader research and higher education initiatives, all in the commitment to boost innovation and cut unemployment.