Category Archives: Global

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


British Prime Minister Criticizes Oxford for Low Enrollment of Disadvantaged Students

The University of Oxford is pushing back against Prime Minister David Cameron’s assertion that the British university isn’t enrolling a diverse-enough student body.

Over the weekend, The Guardian reported, Mr. Cameron said there were “huge discrepancies” in the offers extended to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and pledged to enact legislation that would “shine a spotlight” on the university’s admissions decisions.

The university responded by saying that any inequality observed in highe…


U. of Virginia Student Is Arrested in North Korea for ‘Hostile Act’

North Korea says it has detained a University of Virginia student for committing a “hostile act” and wanting to “destroy the country’s unity,” Reuters reports.

Young Pioneer Tours, a China-based tour group that organized the trip the student was on, confirmed to Reuters that Otto F. Warmbier had been detained in Pyongyang’s airport before a flight back to China on January 2.

This isn’t the first time North Korea has detained a student from an American university. Last year a South Korean student…


American Student Is Among Detainees Released by Iran

An American who had traveled to Iran to study language was among the detainees released this weekend, although officials said his release was not part of a broad prisoner exchange between the United States and Iran, according to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and other reports.

The detention of the student, Matthew Trevithick, 30, of Hingham, Mass., had not been previously publicized. According to a statement from his family published by the United States Institute of Peace, he went t…


Turkish Academics Are Briefly Detained After Condemning Military Action

[Updated (1/15/2016, 6:03 p.m.) with news that the academics had been released.]

Some two dozen Turkish academics were detained by the nation’s police on Friday after signing a declaration condemning the government’s military operations against Kurdish rebels in the southeastern part of the country, but all were soon released, The New York Times reported.

The arrests occurred days after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, slammed the declaration as “terrorist propaganda” and called for act…


Texas A&M Cancels Plan for $200-Million Israeli Campus

Texas A&M University has abandoned its plan to build a $200-million campus in Israel, with officials saying they wouldn’t have had complete control over the project. The university will instead build a $6-million marine-research center to work on projects with the University of Haifa along the Mediterranean Sea, the Associated Press reports.

John Sharp, the university system’s chancellor, first announced the plan to build a campus in Nazareth, in northern Israel, in October 2013. One aim of the …


Yoga Class Is Suspended After Students Deem It Culturally Inappropriate

Dozens of students at the University of Ottawa will have to find a new yoga class.

A group of student leaders suspended a free class that has been offered on the campus for the past seven years after concerns were raised that the exercises were a troublesome cultural appropriation, the Ottawa Sun reported on Friday.

The decision to suspend the program, in September, was made by officials at the Centre for Students With Disabilities, which is run by the university’s Student Federation, the news…


32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2016

The Rhodes Trust has announced the names of the 32 men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars from the United States for 2016. The scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, in England.

The American winners were chosen from 16 districts across the United States and represent 22 colleges and universities. American citizens may apply for the scholarships through either the state where they legally reside or the state where they have attended college f…


Anthropology Association Moves Forward on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The American Anthropological Association moved closer to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions on Friday, as members at the group’s annual meeting, in Denver, voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution calling for the move. The resolution now will be sent to the association’s full membership for a final vote this coming spring.

The resolution calls for the association to refrain from any formal work with Israeli colleges and universities, though it does not address individual scholars. Th…


Cal State-Long Beach Student Is Among Dead in Paris Terror Attacks

[Updated (11/15/2015, 6:56 p.m.) with additional details.]

A design student at California State University at Long Beach was among those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. The student, Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old Californian, was attending the Strate College of Design during a semester-abroad program, according to a statement posted on Long Beach’s website.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this sad time,” said the campus president, Jane Clos…


Cardiff U. Rejects Students’ Bid to Bar Germaine Greer From Speaking

Students at Cardiff University, in Wales, have begun an online petition to bar the feminist author Germaine Greer from speaking there next month because of her views on transgender women, The New York Times reports.

Ms. Greer, who is 76 and best known for her 1970 book The Female Eunuch, has prompted protests in the past because of comments denying that transgender women are female.

The petition campaign at Cardiff appeared to take Ms. Greer by surprise. “I don’t really know what I think of …