Category Archives: Global

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


Global-Education Groups Hail Restoration of Relations With Cuba

Two global-education associations are applauding President Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that the United States will restore relations with Cuba, ending a diplomatic freeze that lasted more than half a century.

“Generations of foreign-policy makers have agreed that academic exchanges are one of the most powerful tools we have to open up closed societies,” Victor C. Johnson, senior adviser for public policy at Nafsa: Association of International Educators, said in a written statement. “The pr…


Romanian Prime Minister Gives Up Ph.D., 2 Years After Plagiarism Finding

The prime minister of Romania has given up his doctoral degree two years after a panel of academics found he had plagiarized large sections of his dissertation, Reuters reports. Victor Ponta continues to dispute the findings of plagiarism, which he deemed “a political decision” in 2012.

Mr. Ponta made the announcement in a message posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday and addressed to the rector of the University of Bucharest. “I have written to you to notify that I give up the doctor of law ti…


Egypt Blocks Entry by Scholar Critical of Government

An American scholar who has criticized Egypt’s government was blocked from entering the country late Friday night, The New York Times reports.

Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had flown to Cairo for a conference organized by the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs. Ms. Dunne said in a telephone interview with the Times that she had been held for about six hours at the Cairo airport, then put on a flight out of the country. It appeared to be t…


U. of California Student Workers’ Union Calls for Divestment From Israel

A union that represents more than 13,000 teaching assistants and other student workers on nine campuses of the University of California system is calling on the university to divest from companies and institutions that “profit from Israeli apartheid and occupation of Palestinians.”

According to a news release from the union, United Auto Workers Local 2865, more than 65 percent of the 2,100 members who participated in a vote approved the divestment resolution.

More than half of the voters also en…


One of 43 Missing Mexican Students Is Confirmed Dead

One of the 43 Mexican college students who have been missing since they were arrested during a protest more than two months ago has been confirmed dead, the Associated Press reported. Mexico’s attorney general said on Sunday that the 19-year-old student, Alexander Mora Venancio, had been identified from charred remains found several weeks ago near a garbage dump in Cocula, in Guerrero State. The DNA was matched from material extracted from a bone fragment and analyzed by forensics experts at a l…


Lawmaker Calls for Investigation of U.S.-China University Deals

Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, has called for the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s investigative arm, to examine agreements American colleges and universities have signed with the Chinese government, asking if the institutions had made “quiet compromises” on academic freedom in the process.

During a hearing on the topic on Thursday before the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, which Mr. Smith leads…


NYU Admits That Worker Protections at Shanghai Campus Weren’t Followed

New York University has conceded that policies it established to protect workers on its Shanghai campus were not observed, The New York Times reports. The admission comes six months after the Times reported on the harsh conditions experienced by workers who were hired to build the university’s other major international campus, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The university hired a company to monitor working conditions at the campus in China, but it “did not perform as expansive a compliance …


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)…


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…


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…