Weekly News Round-Up: October 21, 2022

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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on October 21, 2022

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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Optional Practical Training For International Students Is Vital To America’s Best Interest: Don’t Let The Best And Brightest Slip Away

October 14, 2022

This article calls on the US to acknowledge and embrace OPT for international students. In addition, it suggests that OPT offers some paths to long-term work in the US.

“In addition to keeping international students in high-tech fields in the United States for a period of time after they graduate, offering OPT with at least the prospect of future employment is important because in many cases these students would otherwise go to study in countries that do offer post-graduate work programs and make efforts to attract them, like Australia, Canada, China, and India.”

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The Trump And COVID Eras Tanked Immigration To The US. Reversing That Could Help Ease A Recession Risk, Sky-High Inflation, And A Labor Crisis.

October 18, 2022

While many Americans view immigration as a threat to the country’s financial well-being, data continually suggests that the opposite is true. Immigrants typically have jobs that complement existing American workers, or make it easier for them to do their jobs, one PBS analysis found. That’s in addition to the billions of dollars in tax revenue immigrants, both documented and undocumented, contribute to the country each year.”

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss Resigns After Weeks Of Criticism And Turmoil

October 20, 2022

Prime Minister Truss has been consumed by controversy for almost her entire 44-day tenure. She came into office vowing to cut taxes and get the UK economy moving again. Unfortunately, her policies have had devastating effects on the UK doing the exact opposite of what she promised. It looks as though the government is poised to act quickly and appoint a replacement by the end of the week.

“Serving just six weeks in office, Truss is one of the shortest-serving premiers in British political history. A series of significant missteps meant that much of the political vision she outlined during her campaign for leader was ditched after seriously adverse reactions from financial markets.”

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Related article: Explainer: UK PM Truss resigns: What now?

Decline In Chinese Student Visas Paints A Bigger Picture Of U.S.-China Relations

October 19, 2022

This is a good article that discusses the changing trends and why Chinese students are thinking twice about the US. The decline in the number of Chinese students started well before the pandemic and is predicted to continue. Social issues, violence against Asians, and the US-China tensions have taken the shine off the US.

“Tensions between the U.S. and China—already strained as a result of conflicts regarding human rights, trade, and contested territory—escalated during the Trump presidency with the imposition of extensive tariffs on Chinese imports. Accusations that China was to blame for the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic placed further stress on the countries’ diplomatic relationship. Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August indicated that tensions will not cool any time soon. The controversial trip prompted Chinese military drills in the South China Sea, which were broadcast on Chinese state media as an ominous sign of displeasure toward American fraternization with Taiwan”.

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