Category Archives: Global

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


Boston-Area Professors Are Arrested in Protest of Trump’s Move Against DACA

Some two dozen professors from Harvard and other universities in the Boston area were arrested on Thursday after they blocked traffic in Cambridge, Mass., to protest the Trump administration’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that has protected thousands of young people from deportation because of their immigration status, The Harvard Crimson reported. Many of them are college students.

The program, known as Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, allowed people who had been brought to th…


Iran Sentences Princeton Ph.D. Student to 10 Years in Prison

A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University who was doing research in Iran has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of spying for the United States, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The student, Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old U.S. citizen, disappeared months ago on a field trip to Iran. His arrest and conviction were only now officially made known by the Iranian judiciary.

A spokesman for Princeton said the university had already been aware of the arrest and had been work…


Trump Administration Considers Measure to Make Staying in U.S. Harder for Foreign Students

Senior officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are reportedly considering a controversial plan to require more than one million international students to reapply annually to stay in the United States.

The proposal, first reported in The Washington Post, would require regulatory changes and so is far from a done deal. But coming on top of the Trump administration’s travel ban, it could prove to be a substantial blow to American colleges, which are already struggling to convince pros…


U. of Illinois Ex-Grad Student Is Arrested in Disappearance of Chinese Scholar

Updated (7/1/2017, 1:27 p.m.) with news that the suspect is a former graduate student in physics at the university.

A visiting scholar from China who has been missing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for three weeks is believed to be dead, said law-enforcement authorities on Friday as they announced the arrest of a suspect in the scholar’s disappearance, according to The News-Gazette, a local newspaper.

The suspect, a 28-year-old former graduate student in physics at the unive…


Supreme Court Will Review Travel Ban, but Allows It to Take Partial Effect in Meantime

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear President Trump’s appeal of two cases in which lower courts overruled his travel ban, but the justices allowed parts of the ban to take effect until they issue a ruling. With arguments scheduled for the autumn, a ruling on the appeal could be a year away.

For more, see this in-depth article from The Chronicle.

In an unsigned order accompanying its decision to hear the appeal, the Supreme Court essentially said that the federal government can enforc…


UVa Student Dies After Release From North Korea, Where He Was Imprisoned

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who had been held captive in North Korea for roughly a year and a half, died on Monday afternoon, just days after returning to the United States, reports The Washington Post.

Mr. Warmbier was returned to America from North Korea, where he had been arrested for “hostile acts against the state” and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. He had been traveling through North Korea to Hong Kong when detained.

In a statement reprinted by the Post, his par…


U. of Virginia Student Is Released by North Korea After Being Detained 17 Months

A University of Virginia student, Otto F. Warmbier, has been medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma, The Washington Post reports.

Mr. Warmbier, now 22, was arrested and detained in North Korea 17 months ago for “hostile acts against the state,” and was sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor. He had been passing through Pyongyang, North Korea, on New Year’s Eve en route to Hong Kong for a study-abroad trip. While in a North Korean hotel, he had attempted to remove a propaganda si…


Ted Cruz Called a Harvard Chair’s Views on the Paris Withdrawal ‘Sad.’ She Fired Back.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, dashed off a fiery response to a tweet on Thursday by the chair of Harvard University’s American-studies program, Joyce Chaplin, who wrote that the United States — created by the international community through the Peace of Paris, in 1783 — was betraying the very same community by backing out of the Paris climate agreement.


Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump’s travel ban took another hit on Thursday as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused to reinstate the revised ban, which had sought to limit travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries.

In its 10-to-3 decision, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said Mr. Trump’s executive order establishing the travel ban, now in its second form, discriminated on the basis of religion. This version of the ban was first rejected in March, when a District Cour…


Accreditor Proposes Ban on Paying Recruiters of International Students

A regional accreditor is considering a policy change that would bar colleges in its region from paying commissions to agents to recruit international students.

The accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, would block colleges in five mid-Atlantic states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, from giving “incentive payment” to recruiters “based on [their] success in securing student enrollment or financial aid.” According to a draft of…