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.
May 31, 2018
Two higher-education associations released statements on Wednesday opposing the U.S. State Department’s move to limit the length of student visas for some Chinese citizens. The planned directive, as reported by news outlets such as Bloomberg News and The New York Times, means that the time allotted in the United States would be reduced for some Chinese citizens, and would be applied on an individual basis. The changes were part of a White House attempt to combat the alleged theft of American intellectual property by China.
May 31, 2018
Major higher education groups issued statements Wednesday expressing concern about the Trump administration's reported plans to limit the length of visas for certain Chinese citizens starting June 11. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the administration intends to limit Chinese graduate students studying certain high-tech fields to one-year visas -- instead of the usual five -- due to concerns about intellectual property theft. In 2014, the Obama administration extended the terms for visas for Chinese citizens from one year to five years for students and from one to 10 years for tourists.
May 31, 2018
Changes to U.S. policy on Chinese visas may trickle down to college enrollment, officials warned, and Texas' schools may feel some impact. The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.