Weekly News Roundup: February 15, 2024

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By Shorelight Team
Published on February 15, 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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In This Year Too, Largest Number of International Students in the US Will Be from India: US Consulate

At Shorelight, our data reflects this shift from China to India. While both cohorts make up the bulk of international students for the US, there is definitely a shift taking place. US Consulate General, Chennai Christopher Hodges is quoted throughout the article and shares some interesting stats about students. Hodges also discusses the need to bring US education to India.

  • “The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai is connecting American universities to South Indian business and research partners to harness the immense talent in both our countries to drive growth and foster the innovation that will take our relationship to the next level. In these cities, we see the top-quality Indian students and dynamic institutions that will help to get us there. And we’re proud to help bring U.S. university partners to south India that showcase the strength and dynamism of U.S. higher education.”

Read more on The Indian Express website >

Texas A&M Board Votes to Close Middle East Campus; FIU’s China Campus Shutdown Blemishes International Title

These two articles go together even though they involve two different campuses in two different regions of the world. In Karin Fischer’s article about Texas A&M, she lays out the closure and the possible reasoning behind it. Both closures came involve poltical tensions and influence from their state governments. This is an issue our team monitors closely.

  • While higher ed as a whole has been caught in a partisan maelstrom, colleges’ international activities have themselves come under criticism. There have been investigations of foreign research ties, demands for greater transparency of funding from overseas sources, and calls to revoke the visas of student protesters. States too are getting into the act — a new Florida law could bar public colleges from hiring graduate students from “countries of concern” as teaching and research assistants, and could lead to the closure of overseas degree programs.

Learn more on the Chronicle of Higher Education and Miami Today >

Australia: Visa Rejection Rates Spike as Some Institutions Withdraw Admissions Offers Under New Migration Settings

There has been a lot in the news about visa refusal spikes for international students trying to study in Australia. This article provides a good overview of the what is happening and why — definitely worth a read and something our team will continue to monitor and report.

  • “Australia’s new migration strategy – announced in late 2023 and in effect now – has led to significant confusion and disruption in the international education sector as it is disproportionately affecting prospective students from key sending markets. From sharply increased visa rejection rates to slow visa processing to – in some cases – rescinded offers from Australian institutions, international students are feeling the impact of Australia’s strategy to reduce migration levels.”

Get the full story on ICEF Monitor >