U.S.: Interest among International Students Declining in New Political Climate
Colombia: Partnership with U.K. to Strengthen Higher Ed Sector; United States: Interest among International Students Declining in New Political Climate; Canada: Education System Ranks Among the Best in the World
University of California Caps Out-of-State and International Student Quota
Cap affects UCLA, Berkeley, Irvine and San Diego campuses most; French transplants to help address Canadian teacher shortage; Large-scale strikes at Argentinian universities
North America: Call to Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Higher Ed Partnerships in New Political Era
Calls to strengthen U.S.-Mexico transnational partnerships; a new Brazilian scholarship program; and more.
Canada: Surge in International Applications
Canadian universities are reporting a rise in international applications, most notably from the U.S. and India.
U.S.: President Signs New Travel Ban Targeting 6 Muslim-Majority Countries
On March 6th, the president signed a revised travel ban based on an executive order from late January that was hastily executed and ultimately blocked by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
U.S.: Students Return as Travel Ban Temporarily Halted
On February 3rd, a Federal District Court judge temporarily blocked the president’s executive order barring entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
U.S. Government Funds Study Abroad Scholarships for Community College Students
The federal government is funding ca. 2,800 scholarships this academic year to encourage community college students to study abroad.
U.S.: Foreign College Chains Eye Opportunities to Buy U.S. Campuses
India-based college chain Amity Colleges abandoned plans to buy two colleges in the U.S., one in New York City, and the other in the Boston area, after the Massachusetts attorney general expressed concerns.
U.S.: Department of Education Expands Scope of Crackdown on Accreditation
Accreditation issues take center stage in the U.S., as the federal government steps up oversight and accountability of national and regional college accreditors.
Canada: A New Trend? Canadian Universities Seek U.S. Accreditation
In July, the U.S.-based Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) granted accreditation to Canada-based Burnaby’s Simon Fraser University (SFU). Other applications from Canadian institutions seeking U.S. accreditation are pending.