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Chronicle of Higher Education: He Wrote About Racial Resentment in the White Working Class. White Nationalists Proved His Point.

A professor says the protesters who commandeered his book talk demonstrated the corrosive power of racial resentment.

U.S. Department of Education Blog | Ed.gov: The Value of Financial Literacy and Self-Advocacy

In my senior year of high school, as college decisions were released, opening the financial aid award letters was scarier than the decisions themselves: the final number, or net cost, could make or

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US: SEVIS figures confirm international student drop

The PIE News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 06:19

Newly-released SEVIS figures from the US Department of Homeland Security have confirmed the drop in international students signalled by the IIE’s Open Doors report.

Students on F and M visas, for both academic and vocational studies, were down a combined 3% across the US.

“The canary in the coal mine stopped singing a few years back”

The data, released in raw form and via an interactive map, shows some states lost thousands of students – with California standing out, falling from 195,265 students in 2018 to 186,928 according to the March 2019 count. Texas lost more than 5,000 students, and New York lost around 2,000 students.

But others, notably Massachusetts, which houses prestigious institutions like Harvard and MIT, saw an increase to its global student body. In 2018, New England had nearly 74,000 international students, and this year it had almost 76,000.

David Di Maria, associate vice provost for international education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said the figures were expected.

“I don’t believe the new data are very surprising to anyone. The canary in the coal mine stopped singing a few years back after changes were made to major scholarship programs, so a decline was inevitable,” he told The PIE News.

But he’s not only a commentator – he was recently invited to take part in a Congressional briefing with the staff of top-ranking politicians to explain the international education market situation. And he told them there’s a solution.

“While I recognise that policies, priorities and support for higher education vary greatly across each of the 50 states, a national strategy would at least help to coordinate efforts and resources at the federal level,” he said.

“Regarding the disparity between states and regions, I believe a national strategy could include incentives for international students to enrol at institutions located in areas where domestic enrolment is declining. Other incentives could encourage recent graduates to pursue practical training or employment in regions, states and industries where there is a clear labour shortage.

“Study Hawai’i discussed this and are not overly concerned”

“I would also hope that any national strategy would not just be limited to the recruitment of international students, but also aim to increase the number of US students going abroad and support international research collaborations,” he added.

Beneath the headline figures, many states with smaller numbers of students, like the island state of Hawai’i or Montana and Wyoming, saw little change, at worst a small loss.

However, Joel Weaver, co-founder of the Study Hawai’i Educational Consortium, said the figures weren’t a worry on “the islands of Aloha”.

“We’ve been discussing this among Study Hawai’i members this week, and we are not overly concerned.

“Study Hawaii members are not ‘circling the wagons’, but are looking at ways to continue to work more effectively together to promote the outstanding opportunities for getting a world-class education here in the islands of Aloha.

“We continue to see strong engagement with Japan and South Korea”

“We know that events and actions outside of our control, especially by the current US administration, may be the cause of some of the decline,” he told The PIE.

Weaver said the ELT sector was the foundation to the relative stability in Hawai’i, with East Asian recruitment especially strong.

“Especially in the ELT sector we are continuing to see strong engagement with our regular source countries in east Asia, such as Japan and Korea.”

But it’s not a market standing still and resting on its other attractions.

“The nature of the kinds of students continues to change, however, from long-term degree-seeking to shorter-term certificate and professional development courses.  This is forcing many in the international recruitment sector here to retool and refocus,” he explained.

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UK: Swansea triumphs at Whatuni Awards

The PIE News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 05:07

Swansea University was named best for international experience at this year’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards, at its annual event in London.

The Welsh university was also selected University of the Year, judged on reviews from more than 41,000 students from the UK’s 160 institutions.

Student satisfaction is up in 2018, said the CEO of IDP Connect, which owns Whatuni.

“Reviews and comments are vital to improving the student experience”

“This year’s strong results are a clear indicator that despite the increasing cost associated with accessing a university education, students recognise and value the opportunities, support and teaching that they receive,” Simon Emmett said.

Overall student satisfaction stood at 80%, with 69 universities registering improved satisfaction ratings from their own students.

This marks the second time in five years that the Welsh university has claimed the top spot, and the first time it has won the International category.

“This latest outstanding achievement is testament to the exceptional performance of our staff across the university,  and the strength of our relationship with the student body through the Students’ Union,” Paul Boyle, VC Elect of Swansea University said.

“This reinforces our position as a high-performing, global university that delivers top quality teaching, world-leading research, and a superb student experience,” Boyle added.

“As the award is voted for by students, it makes it even more special as they are at the heart of all we do at Swansea.”

Of the 15 categories, eight were won by Welsh universities, continuing to dominate the satisfaction results for the third year in a row.

Welsh universities took the top three places in the International category, with Aberystwyth University and Bangor University coming second and third, respectively, following Swansea’s win.

The University of Swansea revealed plans to open a £45m college for international students on its campus in 2018.

The awards offer a chance for students to “suggest creative and innovative solutions which institutions may not have considered”, Martha Longdon, Student Experience Board Member for the Office for Students and Whatuni Student Advisory Board Member noted.

“Reviews and comments are vital to improving the student experience and provide an invaluable narrative of university life by allowing students to feedback on the issues they care most about,” Longdon said.

Whatuni Student Choice Award winners

University of the Year: Swansea University

Accommodation: Loughborough University

City Life: University of Edinburgh

Clubs & Societies: Bangor University

Course & Lecturers: University of Wales Trinity Saint David

FE College: DN Colleges Group

Independent HE: Norland College

International: Swansea University

Job Prospects: Harper Adams University

Postgraduate: Aberystwyth University

Student Support: Harper Adams University

Students’ Union: University of Sheffield

Uni Facilities: Leeds Arts University

Prospective Student Engagement: Goldsmiths, University of London

Giving Back: Birkbeck, University of London

For the full list of winners, and runners up, click here.

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UK: Home Office investigated on TOEIC scandal

The PIE News - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 03:27

In the wake of increased media attention and scrutiny following the Windrush immigration scandal, the UK Home Office is being investigated on its handling of the so-called TOEIC cheating scandal by the National Audit Office.

This is a welcome development for the international students who have been fighting to clear their names for the past five years and, the charity supporting them, Migrant Voice.

Thousands of international students had their visa cancelled or were detained or deported on allegations of cheating after a government investigation into limited fraud uncovered by a BBC documentary.

“We hope that the report will expose the truth about the Home Office’s shambolic and hostile approach”

Launched late last week, the investigation will be conducted by the NAO, an independent body which audits government departments and agencies.

On its website, the NAO reported it is looking at the information held by the Home Office on the number of people that have been alleged to have cheated and at the action the Home Office has taken to date.

Over the past five years, the handling of the case by the Home Office has been criticised by several MPs and the evidence used in this case was defined “flimsy” last year in a parliamentary debate, during which the case had been branded “Britain’s forgotten immigration scandal”.

The case centres around the evidence used in assessing the fraudulent intent of international students who sat the TOEIC exam.

In 2016, a tribunal found that the Home Office subsequent investigation – undertaken during a hostile period to immigrants in the country when Theresa May was Secretary of State – had been based on “limited hearsay evidence”.

The story made the BBC’s 10pm TV news show and was covered in mainstream newspapers

“We hope that the report produced by the NAO will expose the truth about the Home Office’s shambolic and hostile approach to the allegations of cheating,” Migrant Voice director Nazek Ramadan told The PIE News.

Almost 34,000 international students and entrepreneurs were accused of cheating and 22,000 were told their results were questionable, Ramadan explained.

She said that many were wrongly accused and have spent the last five years “trapped in a legal labyrinth,” having lost rights in the UK and with a criminal conviction preventing them from pursuing education or employment elsewhere.

“Stripped of the right to work, study or even access healthcare, many of the students are destitute and suffering from severe mental health problems,” she said.

“We believe [the NAO report] will be a vital tool in holding the government to account on this issue and ensuring that justice is done and these students can continue with their lives.”

“This is an important step on the road to justice for thousands of innocent students”

Migrant Voice has been calling on the government to allow the students accused of cheating to sit a new English language test to prove their innocence. Ramadan said the development is an important step on the road to justice.

“This is an important step on the road to justice for thousands of innocent students.”

“The criminal allegation against them means that they cannot continue their studies, get a good job or obtain a visa to travel anywhere in the world. They have lost their futures.”

Ramandan told The PIE that Migratnt Voice had meetings with NAO representatives over the past few months to share information gathered during the campaign, and has facilitated meetings with the students affected.

“We will remain in close touch with the NAO as they conduct their formal investigation and seek to be of help wherever possible,” she said.

“I hope we might finally find out why so many innocent students have been treated so disgracefully”

The main representative of the students’ group, English Language Test Victims, Sheikh Amin told The PIE he was cautiously optimistic this development will lead to a speedy resolution of the case.

“We welcome the NAO decision to investigate the TOEIC scandal after five years of struggles and campaigns. It’s a huge step for us and it will help Parliament have a more clear view on the Home Office actions on many thousands genuine students,” he said.

Stephen Timms MP, a long-time supporter of the campaign who recently launched an All Party Parliamentary Group dedicated to the case, also expressed hope for the NAO investigation.

“I welcome the NAO’s decision to investigate the TOEIC scandal on behalf of Parliament. It will report to the Public Accounts Committee,” he said.

“I hope we might finally find out why so many innocent students have been treated so disgracefully.”

The PIE’s coverage of the case can be accessed here.

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Stanford moves to stop providing funds to its university press

Inside Higher Ed - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 00:00

University presses periodically face threats to the financial support they receive from their universities. Such support is crucial, leaders of academic publishing say, because university presses publish work with scholarly significance, knowing that impact must be measured in ideas shared or conventional wisdom challenged, not commercial standards on book sales.

But even if such threats occur periodically, many academics were stunned and angry to learn that Stanford University has announced that it will no longer provide any financial support for its press. Professors at Stanford are pushing back, but there are no signs that the university will reconsider.

Without support from the university, dozens of books released by the press each year would no longer be published.

“At first glance the proposition that a university of Stanford’s stature would voluntarily inflict damage upon an asset like the Stanford University Press seems shockingly improbable. The press is a world-class scholarly publisher with a 125-plus-year history -- a global ambassador of the university’s brand,” said Peter Berkery, executive director of the Association of University Presses, via email.

“It appears the Stanford administration is proceeding from the misperception that university presses are self-funding -- which, with only a handful of highly circumstantial exceptions, is demonstrably not the case.”

Ge Wang, an associate professor of music at Stanford, is circulating online both the illustration below and a petition opposing the changes. "If we use a purely financial metric to assess the value of academic books, the scholarly mission of the academy will be lost. Presses will publish only profitable books, graduate students will write only profitable dissertations, and tenure will be awarded based on scholarship that is profitable," the petition says.

The Stanford press actually brings in about $5 million a year in book sales, a sum that is impressive compared to sales of many scholarly publishers. But it has also depended on support from the university, which in recent years has provided $1.7 million annually.

Provost Persis Drell told the Faculty Senate Thursday that the university was ending that funding. She cited a tight budget ahead, due to a smaller than anticipated payout coming from the endowment. (The endowment is worth more than $26 billion and is the fourth largest in American higher education.)

Drell told a group of faculty leaders recently that she considered the press “second rate” and that many of its series could be pruned, according to some present at the meeting. The comments angered many professors who consider the press to be a point of pride. A Stanford spokesman declined to comment on the reports that the provost called the press “second rate,” or to elaborate on her comments to the Faculty Senate.

Alan Harvey, director of the press, declined to comment.

Stanford publishes about 130 books a year. It is particularly well-known in the fields of Middle Eastern studies, Jewish studies, business, literature and philosophy. The press has also been capable of undertaking long-term scholarly efforts, such as a 20-year project to translate the Zohar, the key work in understanding the Jewish thought of the Kabbalah.

While much of the scholarship published by the press comes in traditional formats, the press has also been a leader in disseminating "born digital" scholarship.

Professors on the editorial board of the press have written to Drell and to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne objecting to the plans to end university financial support for the press. They noted that even though they are charged by Stanford with providing guidance on the press, and know more about the operations of the press than do most other professors at the university, they were not consulted about the idea of cutting the university subsidy.

Shrinking the press would be “a devastating statement” about the university’s priorities, the letter said.

Law professors have also circulated a protest letter, noting that many of them have published with the press. The law professors also asked why faculty members were not involved in the decision to make cuts.

David Palumbo-Liu, a professor of comparative literature at Stanford, has published books with several university presses. Among the works he has published with Stanford University Press are The Poetics of Appropriation: The Literary Theory and Practice of Huang Tingjian, 1045-1105 and Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier.

Via email, he said, “If these cuts go through, it will be a terrible day for not only Stanford, but for higher education as a whole -- it sends a signal that other institutions may well exploit. It is irresponsible and shameful. University presses perform both an institutional and a public good. They should not be judged by an economic calculus but by intellectual value and value to the intellectual life and reputation of the university.”

Palumbo-Liu added that the decision says something about what is valued at Stanford. University presses, he said, “should be considered a necessary expense and for an enormously wealthy school like Stanford to say it cannot afford $1.7 million to support its press is an embarrassing declaration of our lack of values. University presses, and the books they provide the global community, form an indispensable part of free speech and free inquiry, unconstrained by financial or political considerations. University presses are our equivalent of a free press.”

Gregory Britton, editorial director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, said a few presses have revenue streams beyond book sales and university endowments. Hopkins has Project Muse, for example.

“Those that look profitable often have substantial endowments, key intellectual properties (like assessment tools), distribution services or large journals programs supporting their books programs,” he said. Hopkins has Muse and many journals, but most presses don’t have the equivalent, he said.

Evaluating a press based on profitability, he said, misses the point of the mission of academic publishing. What university presses do, Britton said “is an extension of the mission of a university, and integral to how scholars share their work.”

He said that the decision at Stanford “seems deeply wrongheaded.”

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White nationalists disrupt professor's talk

Inside Higher Ed - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 00:00

Many professors who do research or teach courses on white people have been subject to criticism that includes threatening emails and distortions of their work, typically from those on the far right.

On Saturday, a group of white nationalists went a step beyond that and disrupted a talk being given in a Washington bookstore by a Vanderbilt University professor. The small group of white men did not name any group with which they are affiliated but said that they were speaking for the white working class and that they were "identitarians." The men shouted, "This land is our land," among other things. After a bit, they left.

Soooooo I’m at @PoliticsProse for #IndependentBookstoreDay and a group of white nationalists just interrupted an author’s talk on how the politics of racial resentment is killing the heartland. pic.twitter.com/G0tOdE6MIy

— dckath (@dckath) April 27, 2019

Some attendees made video of the disruption, showing audience members booing throughout the disruption.

The professor who was giving the talk was Jonathan M. Metzl, the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health and Society.

His new book, which was the subject of his talk, is Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland (Basic Books).

The talk was at Politics and Prose, a Washington bookstore known for hosting talks by authors of books in the policy realm.

The central argument of the book is that white Americans attracted to the policies of President Trump are acting in ways that increase the chances that they will die.

The publisher describes the book this way: "Physician Jonathan M. Metzl’s quest to understand the health implications of 'backlash governance' leads him across America’s heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled pro-gun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies’ costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise."

Metzl told The Washington Post that the disruption started as he was talking about how a man in the audience had helped his father and grandfather escape from the Nazis in Austria. “I was saying how much stronger America is when we think about our responsibility to people in need. At that point, the Nazis walked into the talk,” Metzl said. “It was very symbolic for me. In case anybody’s wondering what’s happening right now, they’re illustrating my point.”

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FBI director discusses Chinese espionage threat to U.S. academic research

Inside Higher Ed - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 00:00

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray doubled down on arguing for the need for a “whole-of-society” response to economic espionage threats, in particular those emerging from China, and reiterated his view that academe needs to be more sophisticated about responding to these threats in remarks on Friday at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Wray’s remarks were in line with what he has said before, but they represent a rare expansion of his views in a public forum. Over the past 18 months, universities have come under increasing pressure from the FBI, the federal science agencies, the White House and members of Congress to confront what the FBI says are broad efforts by foreign actors, in particular China, to steal the fruits of U.S. government-funded research and other valuable intellectual property. The increased scrutiny has raised concerns in academia about racial profiling of Chinese students and scholars and about the risk that overreaction to the threat could undercut scientific collaborations and ultimately harm American science.

In his remarks, Wray described a broad threat emanating from China that targets universities as well as other sectors.

"We still confront traditional espionage threats … but economic espionage dominates our counterintelligence program today,” Wray said in his remarks. “More than ever, the adversaries’ targets are our nation’s assets, our information and ideas, our innovation, our research and development, our technology. And no country poses a broader, more severe intelligence collection threat than China.

“China has pioneered a societal approach to stealing innovation in any way it can from a wide array of businesses, universities and organizations,” Wray continued. “They’re doing it through Chinese intelligence services, through state-owned enterprises, through ostensibly private companies, through graduate students and researchers, through a variety of actors, all working on behalf of China.”

“We need to focus even more on a whole-of-society approach because in many ways we confront whole-of-society threats,” Wray said, echoing remarks he made at a February 2018 Senate intelligence committee hearing on this subject.

Wray emphasized the importance of information sharing between universities and the FBI. "We've got to share as much information as we can with you, as quickly as we can, through as many channels as we can. We've also got to create mechanisms for you to share information with us."

He also suggested that universities need to be more sophisticated in responding to the threats, even as he said he was encouraged by the steps some universities have taken to try to address the issue.

"I do think that the academic sector needs to be much more sophisticated and thoughtful about how others may exploit the very open, collaborative research environment that we have in this country and revere in this country," he said. "I’m encouraged, actually, by the number of universities around the country that are taking very thoughtful, responsible steps to make sure that they’re not being abused and that their information, proprietary research, confidential information, isn’t stolen -- which is happening, all over the country, and it’s a real problem."

Major higher education groups have expressed their readiness for cooperating with the FBI and other national security agencies to protect sensitive academic research and intellectual property from foreign espionage threats, and many research universities have hosted the FBI for briefings on their campus over the past 18 months.

"Public universities need to be part of the solution," said Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. "It’s all in the context, of course, of universities, and their purpose really is to create and disseminate knowledge. It's in that context that we’re saying, 'Look, the intellectual property that is developed needs to be protected, the ownership of that needs to be protected.' It gets to be, in a practical way, a complicated matter, but our universities around the country, a large number of them have been talking to their FBI regional offices. We of course have been for a year talking to the FBI here in Washington."

Steven M. Bloom, director of government relations at the American Council on Education, said it was a "big wake-up" call for higher education when Wray described universities as being naïve about the espionage threat at the February 2018 Senate intelligence committee hearing mentioned above.

"When the director of the FBI called higher ed naïve, you pay attention," Bloom said. "We’ve worked pretty hard to try to understand those concerns and to respond to them. The fact that he now sees that some institutions are doing that [responding] is a good thing. Higher ed, though, it's a broad community, and it takes time for these kinds of concerns to be broadly understood. The research universities are more likely to get them sooner because they have more direct engagement with some of the science agencies or they might have a vice president for research and they may even have a national lab, so when they hear stuff coming from the FBI director and other national security agencies, they listen, they take it seriously, they adapt. But the broader higher ed community, I think that they’re waking up to these concerns."

"It’s a challenge," he added. "We have to balance the apparent concerns of the national security agencies with our fundamental nature as open, welcoming institutions. The research that a lot of our institutions engage in really feeds off of that kind of environment. We have a lot of international students, we want to be a welcoming place for the world’s most talented students and scholars and we have a lot of Chinese students and scholars. So it’s a delicate line."

Several groups of Chinese American scientists have raised concerns about what they describe as "the recent political rhetoric and policies that single out students and scholars of Chinese descent working in the United States as threats to U.S. national interest." The Committee of 100, a group of Chinese American leaders in academics, business, government and the arts, has also raised concerns that Wray's characterization of China as posing a "whole-of-society" threat to the U.S. implies that all individuals of Chinese descent are to be distrusted. The group said in a statement earlier this month that "in scientific, business, political, academic and government circles, Chinese Americans are reporting being subject to greater scrutiny and discriminatory treatment in their work and daily lives."

Of concern to many in higher education are changes in visa policies that limit the duration of visas to one year instead of the usual five for Chinese graduate students studying certain STEM fields. News outlets have recently reported that hundreds of Chinese graduate students are encountering delays in renewing their visas as a result of this change. In addition, numerous Chinese social scientists -- not physical or biological scientists or engineers -- have had their visas to the U.S. canceled. Many of the affected scholars are affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Asked about visa issues affecting Chinese social scientists on Friday, Wray said that while he did not want to comment on any specific visa-related decision, "I will say that we have seen many instances in which the visa process -- which I think is very important to ensure an open and collaborative research environment, which I have no desire to change, in that sense -- is being abused and exploited," he said. "And in those instances where we have information that exposes that abuse, we want to share it with the right people so they can make the right decisions. As I said, I think that's starting to happen more and more often, and I think you can expect to see that happening more and more often."

Wray also was asked to address a question about Confucius Institutes, Chinese-government funded centers for Chinese language education and cultural programming that are hosted by U.S. universities. At least a dozen universities have announced plans to close their institutes amid growing criticism from lawmakers that they function as platforms for Chinese government propaganda or even espionage (allegations defenders of the institutes vehemently deny). At the February 2018 Senate intelligence committee hearing, Wray said the FBI had concerns about the institutes and in certain cases had taken investigative steps in relation to them.

But when asked about the Confucius Institutes on Friday, Wray downplayed the FBI's concerns somewhat. "The Confucius Institutes are something that we view as part of a sort of soft power strategy that the Chinese government has," he said. "Certainly, it's something we're concerned about. In many ways, a lot of the things that I talked about in my opening comments [in which he discussed threats to research and innovation] are things that we're more concerned about even than the Confucius Institutes."

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Colleges announce commencement speakers

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Japan gov plans crackdown on missing students

The PIE News - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 17:38

The government in Japan plans to implement strict penalties for education providers who lose contact with their students, after it was revealed one university had been missing up to 700 of its students since April 2018.

“We will give instructions for the school to improve and correct the situation”

According to reports, Tokyo University and Graduate School of Social Welfare notified the ministry of education it had expelled the students, but both the university and the ministry were unaware of the whereabouts of the students.

“We will check the records of classes the missing foreign students took and their attendance,” education minister Masahiko Shibayama told Japanese paper The Asahi Shimbun.

“Based on that, we will give instructions for the school to improve and correct the situation.”

In response to the missing students, strict penalties will be imposed on other education providers who also lose contact with substantial numbers of its international student body, the government said in a draft.

Among the measures, the ministry plans to inspect institutions with large numbers of dropouts and provide instruction on how the institution must improve. Those that fail to do so will be deemed “lacking the proper management of students” and referred to the Justice Ministry.

A full investigation into how Tokyo University and Graduate School of Social Welfare lost 700 students is underway, but additional reports indicate the Immigration Services Agency plans to implement stricter penalties for its prospective students.

ISA is also considering reducing the length of student visas to attend the university to one year, down from four years and three months.

Japan has implemented several changes to the overarching policies of its international education industry, introducing an earnings threshold for graduates seeking work in 2018.

The country currently hosts 299,000 international students, just short of its target to 300,000 by 2020.

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ACE Releases Signature Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses Report

American Council on Education - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 02:30
According to the latest edition of the report, internationalization is continuing to gain traction among U.S. colleges and universities, with nearly three-quarters of institutions reporting that it has accelerated on their campuses in recent years.

Twenty-Five Institutions to Participate in ACE Alternative Credit Project

American Council on Education - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 02:30
ACE announced today that 25 colleges and universities are joining an alternative credit consortium as part of an innovative initiative to create a more flexible pathway toward a college degree for millions of nontraditional learners.

Chronicle of Higher Education: They Complained About Their Office. Then Kean U. Took Their Jobs Away.

Ten lecturers in the New Jersey university’s general-education department were told their contracts will not be recommended for renewal. Kean said the decisions weren’t retaliatory.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Foster Youth Face Extreme Barriers to College. Here’s One Program That’s Helping.

About 20,000 young people age out of foster care every year. Great Expectations, a project at 21 Virginia community colleges, offers the support they desperately need.

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GenkiJACS to open third school in Japan

The PIE News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 06:38

Japanese language course provider Genki Japanese and Culture School has announced it will open a new branch in the centre of Kyoto.

The nine-classroom school will be the company’s third in Japan, and is set to open in June 2019. Similar to GenkiJACS’s other schools in Fukuoka and Tokyo, the Kyoto institution will be located in the city centre.

“Kyoto is a world-class destination, and an incredible city”

“We’re really excited to show our new Kyoto school to everyone,” GenkiJACS director, Evan Kirby, said in a statement.

“Kyoto is a world-class destination, and an incredible city. When added to our current schools in Fukuoka and Tokyo, this lets our partner agents offer schools in all the major areas of Japan. Students are welcome to travel the length of the country, studying with GenkiJACS everywhere they stop!”

Homestays, guesthouses, dormitories and private apartments will be available to students, while the school will offer a full program of social and cultural activities.

GenkiJACS offers a range Japanese language training courses, from tourist survival classes to long-term classes at its Tokyo and Fukuoka schools.

The Japanese language travel industry saw an increase of 25% in the number of students enrolled to learn the language in 2015.

According to the latest JASSO survey, as at 1 May 2018 over 90,000 international students were enrolled in Japanese language schools.

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UniQuest expands in the US with new COO

The PIE News - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 03:53

UniQuest is expanding its activity in the US with the appointment of a chief operating officer for its North American operations.

Joining with 10 years of experience in the sector, newly appointed COO Jay Bookout is based in Cincinnati (Ohio).

“International student recruitment is… a hot subject, particularly in the current climate”

The type of data-led insights offered by UniQuest are a unique opportunity to support the sector’s international recruitment efforts in this “critical time,” Bookout said in a statement.

“UniQuest captures comprehensive student journey data at a level of detail I’ve never seen before across the industry,” he said.

“Insights from this data provide a unique opportunity for US institutions to optimise their international enrolment strategies in what could not be a more critical time.”

Rachel Fletcher, CEO and co-founder of UniQuest, told The PIE News it had always been the company’s ambition to expand its services for the benefit of US universities.

“International student recruitment is, as ever, a hot subject, particularly in the current climate,” she said.

“In hiring Jay, with his impressive track record and experience developing market-leading, cutting edge products and services, we’re able to offer US universities a service that is unrivalled by domestic providers.”

Over the past six months, UniQuest has forged new partnerships with number of US institutions. New partners include Eastern Michigan University and The University of Tampa (in Florida).

A focus of UniQuest’s research is an ongoing effort to identify and map the journey of the so-called “stealth applicants,” those students who don’t make contact with the university before applying.

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