Category Archives: Global

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


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 …


Former Guantánamo Detainee, Tutored in Prison by Professor, Is Freed on Bail

Omar A. Khadr, a Canadian who was held in the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base for 10 years, was granted bail on Thursday by a court in Edmonton, Alberta, while he appeals his convictions in the United States, the CBC reported.

Mr. Khadr, whose case has divided Canada, received tutoring from Arlette Zinck, an associate professor of English at King’s University, during his time at Guantánamo and after he was repatriated to Canada, in 2012. The professor’s controversial relationship with Mr. Khadr was…


Thousands of Workers Were Denied NYU’s Protections on Abu Dhabi Project, Probe Finds

One-third of the work force used to build New York University’s campus in Abu Dhabi was not subject to the institution’s enhanced labor protections, an independent investigation has found. But the long-awaited results of the inquiry also state that the college’s commitment to the standards was “real, implemented in good faith, and, to a large measure, effective.”

The report, prepared by the investigative firm Nardello & Company, largely lays the blame on the developer overseeing the project and …


Rhodes Scholarships Will Be Offered to Chinese Students

Students in China will soon be eligible to receive Rhodes scholarships, the Rhodes Trust announced on Monday. The first group of recipients from mainland China will be selected this year for the program, which sends students to the University of Oxford for two years of postgraduate education.

The change in eligibility rules underscores Rhodes’s desire to stay relevant in global higher education. The New York Times notes that the program is creating a platform for fund raising. But an expansion i…


Faculty Critic of NYU’s Role in Abu Dhabi Is Target of Secret Investigation

Andrew Ross, a faculty member at New York University who has been a sharp critic of the abuse of migrant workers in the construction of its campus in the United Arab Emirates, is the target of a mysterious investigation, The New York Times reports. An investigator has been seeking out “people to comment negatively” about him, the Times says, but has refused to disclose who hired her.

The investigation has also taken aim at a reporter, Ariel Kaminer, who co-wrote an article for the Times about th…


AAUP Calls Travel Ban on New York U. Professor ‘Troubling’

The American Association of University Professors says it is “deeply troubled” that a New York University professor, Andrew Ross, was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, according to a statement released on Thursday. Mr. Ross has been a vocal critic of the treatment of migrant laborers who built the university’s campus in Abu Dhabi, the emirates’ capital.

In its statement, the AAUP says the denial has “ominous implications” for academic freedom at the branch campus. “The AAUP urg…