Category Archives: Global

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


Freedom for American Colleges in China Has Its Limits, Federal Report Says

A long-awaited report on American university campuses in China will probably satisfy neither critics nor supporters of such overseas branches. The federal study, by the Government Accountability Office, found that American colleges operating in China emphasize academic freedom, including added protections for academic speech in agreements with their Chinese counterparts.

But investigators noted that not all of the 12 institutions surveyed had unfettered internet access, and that some faculty mem…


Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit

The University of California at Berkeley has indefinitely suspended its proposed “global campus” because of its budget deficit, the East Bay Times reported on Friday, even though the Berkeley chancellor said earlier this year that the project would be off-limits to budget cuts.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said in an open letter to the campus in February that although Berkeley was considering cuts to close a $150-million deficit, the planned global campus would be “entirely supported by …


Gunmen Attack American U. in Afghanistan, Killing at Least 12 People

Militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan on Wednesday evening, firing on students in an attack that killed at least 12 people and wounded at least 30, according to reports by The Washington Post and CNN.

An Afghan police official told CNN that those killed included seven students, three police officers, and two security guards.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the two-pronged assault — a powerful explosion was set off nearby as the gunmen stormed onto the…


Mexico’s President Is Said to Have Plagiarized Law Thesis

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, plagiarized his undergraduate law thesis, a investigative journalist in Mexico reported on Sunday.

Mr. Peña Nieto plagiarized 28.9 percent of his 1991 thesis, “Mexican Presidentialism and Álvaro Obregón.”

A spokesman for the president said that the similarities were merely “style errors” and that Mr. Peña Nieto had met all the requirements to graduate as a lawyer from the country’s Panamerican University.


Arkansas State U. Chancellor Quits Following His Wife’s Resignation Last Month

Tim Hudson, chancellor of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, on Tuesday sent a brief email of resignation, effective immediately, to Charles L. Welch, president of the Arkansas State system, reported Arkansas Business on Wednesday.

Mr. Hudson, who was appointed as chancellor in 2012, also resigned as a professor in Arkansas State’s College of Business, Arkansas Business reported. The university did not cite a reason for the resignation and will not pay severance to Mr. Hudson, said Jeff Han…


Turkey’s Education Board Tells 1,577 University Deans to Resign

Turkey’s Higher Education Board has demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans as part of a larger dismissal of employees at dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt on July 15, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The deans are at private as well as state universities.

Several hundred employees were dismissed from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and thousands have been suspended from the military, the police, and the Finance Ministry, reported Reuters.

The govern…


Berkeley Student Is Among Those Killed in Terror Attack in France

The University of California at Berkeley reported on Sunday that one of its students was among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

The 20-year-old student, Nicolas Leslie, had been participating in a summer entrepreneurship program in Nice. He had been unaccounted for until Sunday, when his death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, the university said in a news release.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, s…


U. of Wisconsin Student Who Was Missing in Rome Is Found Dead

The body of a University of Wisconsin at Madison student who went missing shortly after he arrived in Rome last week was found in the Tiber River on Monday, according to an Associated Press report and a statement from the university.

The student was identified as 19-year-old Beau Solomon. He had just completed his first year as a personal-finance major at Madison and was in Rome to attend an exchange program at John Cabot University, an English-language institution based there.

Officials at Joh…


3 Students at American Universities Are Among Victims of Terrorist Attack

[Last updated, 7/2/2016, 11:54 p.m.]

Three students at American universities were among the 22 victims of Islamic State terrorists on Friday in Bangladesh, according to reports in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other news outlets.

Two were studying at Emory University, and one was at the University of California at Berkeley. All three knew one another, and were presumably dining together at the restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, that was the target of the attackers.

In a wr…


Private Urban Universities Beat Rivals in Enrollment and Revenue Growth, Moody’s Says

Private urban universities are outperforming their rural and suburban counterparts in enrollment and revenue growth, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.

Private urban universities can use their locations to their advantages and attract more international students, graduate students, and students in continuing-education programs, according to the credit-rating agency’s report.

Enrollment at private urban universities rated by Moody’s grew 34 percent from 2000 to 2015, compar…