Category Archives: Global

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


Scientist Bars Countries That Let In Refugees From Using His Software

A German scientist has prohibited access to a widely used research tool he owns in European countries that he says are welcoming too many refugees, the magazine Science reports. Gangolf Jobb has pulled access to his Treefinder software, which lets researchers map species’ evolutionary ties, from scientists in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

“Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people,” Mr. Jobb wrote on his website…


Judge Orders Middlebury College to Reinstate Student Accused of Sexual Assault

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Middlebury College to reinstate a student who had been expelled over alleged sexual misconduct during a study-abroad trip last year, the Associated Press reports, citing court documents.

The student, identified only as John Doe, was initially exonerated by the School for International Training, which ran the study-abroad program, in an unnamed foreign country, in which both John Doe and his alleged victim took part. Unhappy with the school’s findings, the vict…


Charges Are Dropped Against Temple Professor Accused of Sharing Tech With China

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday dropped all charges against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing semiconductor technology with China, The New York Times reported.

The professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been charged with four counts of wire fraud. At the time the charges were announced, he was chairman of Temple’s physics department, but the university stripped him of that title and placed him on administrative leave.

Mr. Xi maintained that he was innocent, and …


Report Blasts Mexican Government’s Handling of Case of 43 Missing Students

An international committee that has reviewed the Mexican government’s handling of the case of 43 college students who went missing after their arrests during a protest nearly a year ago said in a scathing report released on Sunday that there was no evidence to support the government’s conclusion that the students had been executed by a drug gang that then incinerated their bodies.

According to reports by The New York Times, Reuters, and other news outlets, the review also determined that federal…


Indian Scholar Who Criticized Idolatry Is Killed by Gunmen in His Home

Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, an Indian scholar whose criticism of idol worship had angered religious groups, was fatally shot on Sunday by two gunmen who entered his home, opened fire, and fled on a motorcycle, according to reports by The New York Times and the Indian news organization Firstpost.

The motive behind the killing was unknown, according to Ravindra Prasad, the police commissioner in Dharwad, a town in the state of Karnataka, in southwestern India.

Firstpost described Dharwad as …


Judge Curtails Popular Work Program for Foreign Students

In a decision that may reduce the appeal of the United States as a destination for international students, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security must curtail a popular program that allows foreign students and graduates to work while in the United States.

The program, known as Optional Practical Training, allows students to work a total of 12 months during and after their studies and is usually highlighted by colleges as part of their work with international …


San Jose State President, Who Led Online Push, Will Leave for Post in Afghanistan

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, whose aggressive moves in online education and campus technology drew sharp faculty criticism, announced on Monday that he would step down as president of San Jose State University next month in order to serve as chief technology adviser to the president of Afghanistan, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Mr. Qayoumi, an Afghan native who has led the California university since 2011, had ambitions to make the institution as innovative as the Silicon Valley businesses that sur…


Scholars Protest Death Sentence for Egyptian Political Scientist

Dozens of American professors and scholars of Middle East studies have signed a letter that describes as “appalling” an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence a prominent academic to death in absentia.

Emad el-Din Shahin, a professor of public policy at the American University in Cairo, was accused of espionage and other crimes and was sentenced this month, along with 35 co-defendants, in a high-profile case that included the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and other Islamist leaders.

Mr. Shahin…


Temple U. Professor Is Charged With Offering China Sensitive Technology

The chairman of Temple University’s physics department has been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to provide China with sensitive U.S. defense technology, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud. He allegedly sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing information about a device invented by a private American company.

The charges were announced …


Cooper Union Faculty Member Is Denied Entry to United Arab Emirates

Walid Raad, an artist and associate professor at the Cooper Union, says he was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates this week for “security” reasons, according to a letter he posted online on Friday.

It is the second time an academic has been banned from entering the country in recent months. In March, Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, which has a campus in Abu Dhabi, was prevented from traveling to the emirates over security concerns. The …