Category Archives: Global

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


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…


New York U. Taps Oxford Vice Chancellor as Next President

Andrew D. Hamilton, vice chancellor of the University of Oxford and a former provost of Yale University, will be the next president of New York University, it announced on Wednesday. Mr. Hamilton will succeed John E. Sexton, the controversial leader who has overseen the university’s radical growth since he took office, in 2002.

The announcement came three days after one of NYU’s professors, Andrew Ross, was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, where the university has a branch campus. Mr. R…


NYU Professor Is Barred From United Arab Emirates

A New York University professor who has criticized the exploitation of migrant construction workers in the United Arab Emirates learned over the weekend that he had been barred from the country, The New York Times reported.

The professor, Andrew Ross, who specializes in labor issues, was trying to check in for a flight from Kennedy International Airport to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the emirates, when a computer flagged his passport. “I was told I couldn’t board the airplane,” Mr. Ross said…


Nobel Laureate to Leave Helm of India’s Nalanda University

Amartya Sen, the Harvard economist and Nobel laureate who was involved in the creation of India’s Nalanda University and was appointed its first chancellor last year, says he will not stay on for a second term because the government wants him to leave, according to reports in The New York Times and newspapers in India.

Mr. Sen has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom he has accused of not doing enough to ensure the safety of women and members of minority groups in India. He …


U. of California Students Call for Divestment Over Palestinian Rights

The body representing the University of California system’s students is calling on the university to divest its holdings in “companies engaged in the systematic violation of Palestinian rights” through the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The UC Student Association voted on the issue on Sunday, according to a news release from Students for Justice in Palestine.

The action followed a similar vote held in December by a union representing student workers across the system.


Dispute Among Scholars Dooms Gift to Russian-Studies Group

A controversy among scholars of Russian studies has resulted in the death of a proposed gift to a major association that would have provided much-needed financial support for the discipline, The New York Times reports.

The dispute concerns the Russia scholar Stephen F. Cohen, who is an emeritus professor at New York and Princeton Universities. Mr. Cohen’s views about American foreign policy in Ukraine are controversial, and he has been described as an apologist for Vladimir V. Putin, Russia’…


Saudi King Whose Scholarships Sent Thousands of Students to the West Dies

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich nation that is a close ally of the United States, died on Friday, according to a statement on state television that was cited by The New York Times and other news outlets. He was 90.

The obituary in the Times highlighted a key aspect of King Abdullah’s influence on global higher education—a scholarship program that was a boon to American colleges’ foreign-student enrollments:

Abdullah’s greatest legacy, however, may prove to be a scholarship program …