Exchanges in the media
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa thus far has had only a modest effect on research and international education programs, Inside Higher Ed recently reported. The article notes that those countries affected by the virus “are not popular destinations for research or study abroad programs” and that “few students from the region enroll at American colleges and universities.”
In light of the ongoing crisis in Gaza and Israel, and the State Department’s updated travel warning advising U.S. citizens to “’consider’ deferring non-essential travel” to Israel, U.S. colleges are debating whether or not to evacuate their students in the region, Inside Higher Ed reports.
As studying abroad increases in popularity and importance, U.S. colleges are trying to find ways to provide access to an international experience for those students who may face social, financial, or cultural barriers, U.S. News and World Report writes.
International students who study at U.S. business schools are struggling to find jobs in the U.S, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The difficulty of getting legal permission to work in the U.S. and cultural differences can make entering the American job market difficult for international MBA students.
A growing number of international high school students are directly enrolling in degree programs at U.S. high schools, according to a research brief from the Institute of International Education and as Inside Higher Education reports. The IIE brief finds that the number of students directly enrolled in degree programs in U.S. high schools more than tripled from 2004 to 2013, while the number of high school exchange students on short-term programs grew by a much smaller 15 percent.
The goal set by President Barack Obama of seeing 100,000 Americans study in China has been reached, the 100,000 Strong Foundation announced last week. Four years after the 100,000 Strong Initiative was officially launched, the number of Chinese student visas issued to U.S. applicants has exceeded 100,000, Carola McGiffert, president of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, told the Alliance.
This past weekend saw the arrival to the United States of 500 participants in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a cornerstone of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a White House blog post reports. YALI is President Obama’s signature exchange program in Africa, and the Fellows will attend a town hall meeting with the President later this summer.
After decades of strict limitations on educational exchanges between the U.S and Iran, there has in recent months been an easing of some of these restrictions, the New York Times reports.
Fulbright alumni Charles Wright, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, was named last week as the new U.S Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, the New York Times reported. Wright, also a retired professor at the University of Virginia, was a Fulbright scholar in Italy.