Weekly News Round-Up: January 26, 2023

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By Shorelight Team
Published on January 26, 2023

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

Betting On Africa Is The Continent The Next Big Thing In International Admissions?

“The African continent has cornered the market on 18- to 23-year-olds for the next 25 years,” said Lydiah Kemunto Bosire, a former international-development consultant and founder of 8B Education Investments, an educational-technology platform focused on African-student admissions overseas.

Get the full story on The Chronicle of Higher Education >

U.S. Mission To India Launches Staffing Surge As Part Of Expanded Efforts To Reduce Visitor Visa Wait Times

I know this will be of interest to so many of you working with students in India. It does not appear that the Saturday slots are designated for any specific visa group. I’m hopeful we will see some additional spots for students. Additionally, the announcement states that Mission India expects to be back up to full staffing capacity by Summer 2023.

Consulate General Mumbai currently adjudicates the most visa applications in India and is one of the largest visa operations in the world.

“Our consular teams across India are putting in the extra hours to meet the needs of international travelers and bring down wait times,” said Mumbai Consular Chief John Ballard.“This is part of a Mission wide effort to find innovative solutions to facilitate travel to the United States.”

Read the full release at the US Embassy & Consulates in India >

Blue Versus Red States: Higher Education Policy-Making In The US

While this article doesn’t impact policy around international students, it is a good read on the messy policy process in the US. The article contains thoughts on President Biden’s student debt relief plans, free community college, and offers a vague opinion on the Supreme Court.

In the most simple terms, there is a red and blue state divide when it comes to the role and importance of public institutions, including universities. There are also a handful of so-called purple states: states in which no one party has a significant majority of votes and which, for instance, might have a Democratic governor and a Republican majority in the state legislature.

Get the full story on University World News >

Chairman Gallagher Outlines China Committee’s Agenda

While the Select Committee on China existed in the last Congress, the 118th Congress has reformed the committee and assigned new members. Republicans have announced their members, Democrats are finalizing their committee assignments. The new Chairman has indicated they will be addressing a wide range of issues including intellectual property theft. In the past, those efforts have circled around education, and we anticipate that to continue.

Chairman Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., says his committee will occupy two lanes: owning niche topics — such as banning social media app TikTok — and shining a spotlight on discussions and work already being championed in the House, such as the importance of enhancing “hard power west of the international dateline.”

Get the full story on Roll Call >