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Embracing the New Globalism: a Challenge to Rethink Study Abroad

The following is by William G. Durden, former president of Dickinson College. It is adapted from a speech he gave Wednesday at the Forum on Education Abroad’s annual meeting in San Diego.

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GlobeHigher education in the United States is not prepared to lead the future of study abroad.

It is mired in past assumptions and internal professional disputes disconnected from public demand and opportunity. And despite “cosmetic” tweaks to traditional programs,…

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3 Ways to Help Make ‘Generation Study Abroad’ a Success

The following is by Mark Salisbury, director of institutional research and assessment at Augustana College, in Illinois.


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A Roanoke College student during her study-abroad trip to Fiji in 2012.

The Institute of International Education recently announced a new effort, Generation Study Abroad, to double the number of undergraduates going overseas annually by 2020. It seems to have once again ignited the passions of international educators and colleges.

I say “once again” because, intentionall…

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The Need for a Global Association of Universities

The following is by Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, president of the International Association of Universities, and Eva Egron-Polak, secretary-general of the association.
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Nigel Thrift, vice chancellor of the University of Warwick, recently wrote that universities worldwide need to become better organized to represent higher education’s interests, and better self-regulated to avoid being managed by bodies outside the sector. Coming together to position univ…

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At American U. of Afghanistan, a Day of Mourning, and a Renewed Sense of Mission

The following is by C. Michael Smith, president of the American University of Afghanistan.
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A memorial service was held on Sunday to honor two employees of the American U. of Afghanistan who were killed in Kabul.

On Sunday, the American University of Afghanistan held a memorial service for Alexis (Lexie) Kamerman and Alexandros Petersen, whom the university lost one week ago in an attack on a popular Kabul restaurant. The attack was notable for its brutality, …

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MOOCs as Neocolonialism: Who Controls Knowledge?

The following is by Philip G. Altbach, research professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College.
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Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are the latest effort to harness information technology for higher education. While they are still in a nascent stage of development, many in academe are enthusiastic about their potential to be an inexpensive way of delivering an education to vast audiences.

Yet one aspect of th…

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Brazil’s Bold Steps in Higher Education

This post is by Marion Lloyd, a higher-education researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is a former correspondent in Mexico for The Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Paulo Speller, Brazil’s secretary for higher education.

I recently sat down with Paulo Speller, Brazil’s higher-education secretary, during the Conference of the Americas on International Education, which was held in Monterrey, Mex…

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The Long Shadow of Chinese Blacklists on American Academe

The following is by Perry Link, a professor of comparative literature and foreign languages at the University of California at Riverside.

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A blacklist somewhere in the Ministry of State Security in Beijing bears my name. I study Chinese language and literature, and since 1996 have been denied visas to the People’s Republic.

The news media have recently reported on China’s decision to deny visas to American journalists and put pressure on compani…

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A Passage From India: Lessons From an International Student’s Journey

The following is by Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice president for research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education.
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My first taste of the United States was a shrink-wrapped chocolate-chip cookie and a can of chilled Coke on an American Airlines flight to Raleigh, N.C. It was 1992, and I was one of 36,000 Indian students studying in the United States that year, according to the Institute of International Education’s “Open Doors” report. That fli…

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Signs of Hope for the Hermit Kingdom

The following is a guest post by Jonathan Levine, a freelance journalist and a former lecturer in American studies and English at Tsinghua University, in Beijing. The names of students have been changed for their protection.
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A mural depicting Kim Il Sung in Wonsan, North Korea.

Clarissa was one of the smartest students I ever taught at Tsinghua University. An English-literature major fluent in Chinese, Korean, and English, she could discuss at length issues as varied as gay …

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What Iran Must Do to Protect Academic Freedom

The following is by Robert Quinn, executive director of the Scholars at Risk Network, which promotes academic freedom and advocates on behalf of threatened scholars worldwide. The nonprofit organization is based at New York University and has member institutions in 35 countries.
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Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, recently called for the lifting of restrictions on academic freedom in his country. He told students and professors …