Weekly News Round-Up: August 10, 2023

By Shorelight Team
Published on August 10, 2023

Each week the Shorelight team rounds up trusted headlines on the latest in international education and all things impacting students and universities.

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Chinese Students Stay Local As Favour Falls With Study Abroad

One area that we are discussing with other groups in higher education is the change in international student flows. For decades, the US and other countries around the world benefited from increasing numbers of international students from China. In recent years, those numbers have changed, and the largest increases in international students are coming from other regions. Part of the change is due to the tense US/China relationship and the impacts of the pandemic. Additionally, China has invested heavily in its own higher education infrastructure and is moving from a source country to a destination of choice for students both at home and abroad.

“The regional universities in mainland China and Hong Kong have become really good, so students have less of a reason to travel so far,” says Andrea Braun Střelcová, who studies higher education with a focus on China, at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. “It just happens that the best education possible doesn’t need to be an expensive overseas degree anymore.”

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What International Students Should Know About Academic Integrity

For everyone working directly with international students, this topic is usually covered in orientations. It is an ongoing challenge, and important that international students understand the expectations of academic integrity. This article has several resources and includes a section on ChatGPT. 

“The biggest challenges for international students and academic integrity at an American university are cultural in nature – how plagiarism and copying work are viewed. Our faculty work hard to be understanding of this cultural difference,” says Wade Shaffer, a history professor and former provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Texas A&M University.

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How Many College Closures Are On The Horizon?

This issue has been on the minds of many in higher education for quite some time. Understanding the changes in demographics, the issues around the value of education, and state budgets have weighed heavily on university leaders. While there have been several high-profile closures, the good news is the wave that was predicted hasn’t come yet.

“Despite the litany of issues that colleges are facing, higher education experts don’t necessarily expect a mass wave of closures. Robert Kelchen, higher education professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, predicts that closures may pick up slightly compared to the past year as colleges struggle with enrollment and increasing costs.”

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