June 3, 2020
In a surprise twist to the political drama over potential new immigration restrictions, 21 House Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf urging support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international students. Sources have confirmed some Trump officials hope to use the recent economic downturn due to Covid-19 to impose new restrictions on H-1B visa holders, international students and others. Deliberations on specifics continue inside the administration, which has prompted members of Congress and others to weigh in.
June 3, 2020
The Trump administration needs to preserve a program that allows international students work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating, a group of House Republicans said this week. The program, known as Optional Practical Training, is opposed by many conservatives who have pushed for the White House to suspend it in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
May 27, 2020
Vibhu Varshney relocated from India to Tempe two years ago in part because of the quality of the computer science program at Arizona State University and in part because of the chance to train in Silicon Valley. “Most of the cutting edge work is going on here,” he said.
November 1, 2019
Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and John Katko (NY-24) recently reintroduced the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act. The bill would establish a competitive grant program, run by the Department of Education, for colleges and universities to expand study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.
October 25, 2019
On October 15, the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) released a report entitled “How the United States Benefits from Agricultural and Food Security Investments in Developing Countries” at a pre-event at the World Food Prize in Des Moines. This report was commissioned by BIFAD in response to a request from USAID Administrator Mark Green a few months after he assumed office in August 2017.
October 17, 2019
The U.S. receives broad-based economic, national security and diplomatic benefits from its agricultural assistance investments in the developing world, according to a new report commissioned by the Board for International Food & Agriculture Development (BIFAD). U.S. agricultural exports to developing countries total $90 billion (of a total of $140 billion) annually and help generate an increase in total U.S. economic activity of $259 billion. By increasing agriculture capacity and production, agricultural aid lifts incomes in the developing world and fuels demand for goods and services abroad.
October 16, 2019
Ask many Americans what we get in return for our foreign aid investment and they’ll likely point to outcomes like increased social and economic development in low-income countries. These results have been well-demonstrated. But the impact of foreign aid reverberates far beyond the developing world. The big impact this support has right here at home is too often overlooked.
August 13, 2019
Monitoring Chinese scholars in the United States could “trample on individual rights” and impede scientific research, a group of prominent higher-education associations said in a statement released on Monday. The statement, published by the PEN America, a free-speech nonprofit organization, is the latest signal that advocates for American research universities are worried about higher education’s position in the cross hairs as political and economic tensions between the two countries heighten.
March 14, 2019
America’s research universities have long been the envy of the world, drawing the most gifted students from across the globe who are in pursuit of a world-class education. Foreign students who secure employment visas or further their education through Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation go on to do incredible things in the U.S.
November 15, 2018
The University of South Carolina has been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities as one of the nation’s top institutions in providing students from diverse backgrounds with global learning and study abroad opportunities. The organization recognizes institutions which excel at aspects of internalization including diversity, leadership, research opportunities and assessment.