Weekly News Roundup: April 18, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on April 18, 2024

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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US Continues To Offer Welcoming Environment To Indian Students: US Academician

It is always encouraging to see the US take action where international students are concerned. There have been serious incidents in the US involving Indian deaths. The US is now working with professors and schools that have high Indian populations to bring in more India-origin professors. With the number of Indian students increasing each year, this is an important issue.

  • The Indian Embassy here is working with various universities to set a network of Indian-origin professors on campuses with a substantial Indian student community. This is being set up on a voluntary basis to respond to any urgent situation.

Read more on NDTV.com >

The Rise of Alternative Destinations: Thailand, Poland, and the Philippines

We are always looking for news on global competition. As we discuss issues such as OPT, visa denials, and appointment capacity, we have to remind policymakers the US isn’t the only choice for international students. More and more countries are increasing their efforts to attract international students and while we remain the country of choice for most, process ease, costs, and post-graduation work matters!

  • Policy changes in Australia, Canada, and the UK are making students think twice about where they want to study abroad.

  • These destinations’ relatively expensive study and living costs are also a barrier for many prospective international students.

  • Alternative destinations are picking up market share of global outbound student mobility.

  • Thailand, Poland, and the Philippines are three examples of this trend.

Get the full story on ICEF Monitor >

With US College-age Population Falling, Luring More International Students Could Help Schools Survive

Over the years, there have been many discussions about the fact that domestic student enrollments in higher education institutions are on the decline, primarily due to shrinking demographics. Many schools have been preparing for this change and increasing efforts in out-of-state and international recruitment. This Boston Globe article discusses the challenges and opportunities that colleges and universities have to create and tailor their program offerings to attract both domestic and international students.

  • As colleges in Massachusetts face the so-called “demographic cliff,” many schools will need to expand into new markets to survive. This could mean looking to growing communities, like adult new immigrants, or expanding to new domestic markets or nontraditional students. It will almost certainly include attracting students from other countries, whether immigrants or international students.

Read more on The Boston Globe >

Higher Education Will Take Center Stage in 2024 Presidential Election

While this article doesn’t involve international education, it does discuss higher education and the potential role it will play in the 2024 US presidential election. The article predicts that student debt and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will be campaign topics with very different opinions by the two candidates and parties.

  • Timely issues such as student debt and the current onslaught against various progressive social and cultural ideals — matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI),

    race/ethnicity, and identity, among others — will be topics of discussion for President Joe Biden, who is likely to have another faceoff with the presumptive Republican nominee, former President Donald J. Trump.

Learn more on Diverse >