Biden Xi meeting “important signal” as Chinese student numbers decrease
November 15, 2022
As the world watched anxiously, President Biden and President Xi met this week. We are all aware that the relationship between the US and China has been tense and causing concern for many Chinese students considering the US as a destination. It appears that the meeting between the two leaders was productive and, hopefully, will improve the relationship between our two countries.
“Chinese families pay a lot of attention to China-US relations,” said Xiaofeng Wan, associate dean of admission and coordinator of international recruitment at Amherst College. When the relationship is warm, they tend to be more open to the idea of sending their children to the US. When it’s going downhill, they are a bit concerned about getting their children caught in between the tensions of the two countries.”
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Fall 2022 Snapshot on International Student Enrollment
It’s arrived! The Open Doors data was released this week and is making the news with the headline “International Enrollment Rebounds in the US.” There has been so much speculation on the long-term impacts of the pandemic, the shifts in student flows, and concerns about studying in the US. It appears the US remains a top destination, and our commitment to education at all levels comes through.
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New NAFSA Data Reveal International Student Economic Contributions to the U.S. Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels
November 14, 2022
Once again, NAFSA is making the case for a National Recruitment Strategy. With international education on the rebound, we have a real opportunity!
“The increase in economic activity is certainly positive news but it should be kept in perspective: it shows we’ve only regained about half the ground lost in the previous academic year,” said Dr. Esther D. Brimmer, NAFSA executive director and CEO. “We must not be complacent that this upward trend will automatically continue. The U.S. is in a global competition for talent and our share of the international student market is declining while other English-speaking countries are seeing their share rise. International students are a well-spring of fresh ideas, talent, and experiences and have fueled American innovation for generations. The Biden administration should lead a coordinated effort to recruit and retain a diverse number of them to our institutions as part of a comprehensive national strategy for international education while Congress must pass legislation to facilitate their ability to study and work here after graduation.”
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Debt Relief Blocked Again
November 14, 2022
Just when it looks like there was a path to some college loan forgiveness, a lawsuit prevailed and has student loan forgiveness on indefinite hold. The administration immediately appealed the ruling but had to pause the program. Now it’s expected that the administration will be pressured to again extend the pause on student loan repayment and interest accrual.
“We believe strongly that the Biden-Harris Student Debt Relief Plan is lawful and necessary to give borrowers and working families breathing room as they recover from the pandemic and to ensure they succeed when repayment restarts,” Cardona said in a statement. “We are disappointed in the decision of the Texas court to block loan relief moving forward. Amidst efforts to block our debt relief program, we are not standing down.”
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