The Return of Erasmus in the US and J1s as Biden is Set to Lift Travel Ban

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On the 20th of September, the Biden administration announced they would be lifting the travel ban instated at the outset of the pandemic. For over 18 months, 33 countries including the members of the European Union, India, Iran and China amongst others have faced a blanket travel ban from the US …” (more)

[Rory Fleming, College Tribune, 10 October]

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The Future of the Academic Conference

Posted in Research on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Pitched the Delta curveball, some scholarly associations are turning to online meetings again while others are proceeding with plans to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. These groups are also thinking about what annual meetings will look like in a post-pandemic world, with major implications for equity and accessibility …” (more)

[Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 13 September]

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Pandemic pressures made parents consider quitting academia

Posted in Life, Research on June 29th, 2021 by steve

“The stress of balancing work and home life during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many medical scientists with children questioning their future careers, and women are the hardest hit, according to a survey at a US university …” (more)

[Nature, 28 June]

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Is the world splitting into opposing science ‘blocs’

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2021 by steve

“A race for supremacy in global science and technology has kicked off as China has announced a raft of ambitious policies to promote self-sufficiency in scientific research and technological advancement, and the United States has mapped out a major push in science and technology backed by huge rises in spending …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 23 June]

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‘Rest in Paradise’ – mother of Berkeley balcony tragedy victim remembers friends six years on

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The six victims of the Berkeley balcony tragedy are being remembered today on the sixth anniversary of the tragedy that occurred when the five Irish students and an Irish American were celebrating a 21st birthday …” (more)

[Conor Feehan, Independent, 16 June]

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International Student Exchange Will Be ‘More Inclusive’ Than Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2021 by steve

“A new international student exchange scheme will provide more opportunities for US students and be more inclusive than its predecessor, according to the UK’s universities minister. The EU’s long-running Erasmus program gave students the chance to study abroad, as well as running an exchange scheme for staff …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 7 May]

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More Professors Ditch Print

Posted in Teaching on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“For the first year on record, more faculty members used learning management systems than print course materials when teaching classes, according a new report released Tuesday from the National Association of College Stores. The 2020 Faculty Watch report is based on a survey of 968 faculty members from 17 two- and four-year, public and private institutions in the United States and Canada …” (more)

[Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed, 24 February]

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Can Biden help reset China-US HE and research relations?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on November 30th, 2020 by steve

“The geopolitical, trade and technology tensions between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on higher education collaboration between academics and universities in the two countries under US President-Elect Joe Biden, higher education experts say, although they see a likely change of tone under Biden which could ease some current friction which is affecting student flows from China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 25 November]

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New international student enrolments drop by 43% in US

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2020 by steve

“International student enrolments in United States universities declined by 16% in autumn 2020 and drops in new student enrolments were more than twice as steep, at 43%, according to data from a snapshot survey designed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on US higher education. A drop was expected, and researchers anticipate a surge in enrolments after the pandemic has ended, fuelled by pent-up demand and aggressive ongoing recruitment of international students …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 16 November]

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China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. The administration last week urged US schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invite a ‘malign influence’ from China …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Major Changes to Student Visa Rules Proposed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration is set to publish a new proposed rule today that would set fixed terms of up to four years for student visas and establish procedures for international students to apply to extend their stay and continue studying in the United States …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 25 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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‘Nobody Likes Snitching’: How Rules Against Parties Are Dividing Campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2020 by steve

“It looked to be a typical college party: a small group of students crammed in a kitchenette, cheering on as a shirtless guy arm-wrestled a laughing young woman. No one wore masks. The scene was posted on Snapchat by one of the partygoers, a first-year student at Cornell University, along with a selfie with a mocking caption …” (more)

[Troy Closson, New York Times, 2 September]

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JI visa rite of passage falls by wayside in Covid-restricted US

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

“Nestled on a cove in the pretty New England state of Rhode Island, Newport has long been a destination for wealthy American holidaymakers. Edith Wharton, the incisive chronicler of New York high society, bought an oceanfront property in the town in 1893 …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times, 25 July]

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The J1 That Never Happened: How Summer 2020 Tanked For US Hopefuls

Posted in Life on July 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“As lockdowns across Europe begin to ease, and with the school year right around the corner, the stress and insecurity of the first few weeks of lockdown may feel further and further away from us now. However, many of our fellow students are still just recovering, or are yet to recover, from one of the first and most obvious impacts of the coronavirus: visa cancellations …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 18 July]


Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule Amid Widespread Pushback

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2020 by steve

“The Trump administration has rescinded guidance that would have prohibited international students from studying at campuses offering online-only instruction this fall. The move came on Tuesday amid widespread pushback from the higher-education community that included multiple lawsuits and a near-unanimous chorus of protest …” (more)

[Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, 14 July]

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With new student visa rule, Donald Trump is making America small again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

“International students at US universities are a core arsenal of American soft power. By closing its doors, the Trump administration undermines America’s stature as a responsible stakeholder in global affairs …” (more)

[Tom Plate, South China Morning Post, 14 July]

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Harvard, MIT sue over ICE policy to expel foreign students amid online learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Harvard University, along with MIT, has filed suit to block a Trump Administration policy banning international students at colleges and universities conducting classes online from staying in the United States. ‘We believe that the ICE order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal’, said Harvard President Lawrence Bacow in a message to the university community Wednesday morning …” (more)

[Erin Tiernan, Boston Herald, 8 July]

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Irish Exchange Students Face US Deportation Amid Transition To Online Learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On Monday 6 July, The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that any exchange students that are currently studying or beginning to study for Autumn in America must leave the country or risk deportation. The ruling states that any colleges that are to run exclusively online learning from now and in the upcoming semester cannot take any exchange students …” (more)

[Luke Murphy, College Tribune, 7 July]

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US to force out foreign students taking classes fully online

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Foreign students in the United States – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – will have to leave the country if their classes are all taught online this autumn or if they transfer to another school with in-person instruction, a government agency has said …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 July]

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