Category Archives: Global

What’s happening abroad—and how it affects U.S. colleges.

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Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

Washington — Members of the Middle East Studies Association voted overwhelmingly at their annual conference here on Monday to defend the right of scholarly associations to boycott Israel and to set their own organization on a course to consider a boycott of its own.

Conference participants voted, 256 to 79, in favor of a resolution that urges the organization’s leadership to provide a means to discuss what stand MESA should take in connection with the boycott, divestment, and sanction (or BDS)…

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Chinese Enrollment in U.S. Graduate Schools Dips as India Surges

Attentive observers won’t be surprised by the new international-enrollment numbers released on Wednesday by the Council of Graduate Schools. But there’s something momentous about the annual report’s key finding: For the first time since the council’s reports began, in 2004, first-time enrollment by Chinese students in graduate programs at American universities actually dropped this year.

The writing has been on the wall for more than a year. In April 2013, the council reported that Chinese appli…

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President of ‘Sham’ College Is Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison

The head of what officials have called a “sham university” that issued foreigners visa-related documents in exchange for tuition and fees has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for running the scam, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Susan Xiao-Ping Su, president and chief executive of Tri-Valley University, was convicted this year of 31 counts of fraud, harboring undocumented immigrants, and other charges.

The California-based university was raided by federal agents in January 2011. The gove…

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3 Senators Urge Education Dept. to Make Studying Abroad Safer

Three U.S. senators urged the education secretary, Arne Duncan, in a letter on Thursday to provide better safety information to college students who plan to study abroad.

The letter—signed by Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Al Franken of Minnesota, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, all Democrats—recommends, among other things, that the Education Department better advertise the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Links to sign up for the program should be provided in the …

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Russia Questions 2 U.S. Journalism Professors Who Led Workshops There

Joe Bergantino, executive director of Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Randy Covington, who directs the Newsplex journalism training facility at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, were detained and questioned in Russia for about five hours on Thursday, according to reports by BU Today and The Boston Globe. The two had been teaching journalism workshops there.

Beth Daley, a reporter for the New England Center, told the Boston University news site …

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Chinese-American Scholar’s Books Are Banned Amid Protests in Hong Kong

Chinese officials have blocked the sale of books by Yu Ying-shih, a Chinese-American scholar who has supported pro-democracy movements playing out in Hong Kong, the Associated Press reports. Mr. Yu, an emeritus professor of East Asian studies and of history at Princeton University, has publicly backed protesters who for weeks have been sparring with the police in Hong Kong over more autonomy.

“If you keep following the orders” of the Communist Party, “don’t you become 100-percent slaves eventual…

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Tensions Rise Between Students and Security Forces on Egyptian Campuses

Students clashed with security forces at universities across Egypt on Sunday to protest the presence of riot-police officers around their campuses and amid reports that more than 40 students had been arrested in raids at their homes at dawn on Saturday, Daily News Egypt reported.

According to a group called the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, state security forces launched a campaign of extensive detentions early Saturday, the first day of classes. A spokesman for the group St…

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Graves Found Near Mexican Town Where 43 Students Went Missing After Clash

Mexican authorities have discovered six hidden graves near a town where 43 university students went missing a week ago after clashing with the local police, the Los Angeles Times reports. A prosecutor in Guerrero State, where the graves were discovered, said that authorities had found 28 bodies in them, but that the remains were too damaged for immediate identification. A lawyer for the families of the missing said the bodies were badly burned.

The students, who were from the Ayotzinapa Normal S…

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250 Anthropologists Call for Academic Boycott of Israel

A group of more than 250 anthropologists has signed a pledge not to cooperate with Israel’s academic institutions. The anthropologists represent the latest group to support an academic boycott of Israel since the nation began a military campaign in the Gaza Strip in July.

“As a community of scholars who study problems of power, oppression, and cultural hegemony, we have a moral responsibility to speak out and demand accountability from Israel and our own governments,” wrote the anthropologists.

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U. of Chicago Suspends Talks Over Chinese-Financed Center

The University of Chicago has suspended negotiations to keep open its Confucius Institute, according to a statement on the university’s website. The sudden change is due to comments by Xu Lin, chief executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, in a Chinese newspaper. The university deemed the comments “incompatible with a continued equal partnership.”

Earlier this year a group of faculty members signed a petition asking the university to terminate its contract with Hanban, a government bod…