International Education News Round-up

The Chronicle of Higher Education offers an in-depth look at how universities around the world are responding to their international students’ growing interest in career prospects in the host country.

NAFSA has issued a press release arguing that there is “near-universal agreement that the U.S. immigration system is broken, but much less agreement on how to fix it.” The release is a call-to-arms, and includes a comprehensive set of policy actions to fix this broken system.

The New York Times reports on President Obama’s overhaul of the student loan program for higher education. The changes “will eliminate fees paid to private banks to act as intermediaries in providing loans to college students and use much of the nearly $68 billion in savings over 11 years to expand Pell grants and make it easier for students to repay outstanding loans after graduating. The law also invests $2 billion in community colleges over the next four years to provide education and career training programs to workers eligible for trade adjustment aid after dislocation in their industries.”

Finally, Gayle Woodruff, director of curriculum and campus internationalization, and Martha J. Johnson, director of the learning-abroad center at the University of Minnesota will be hosting a live chat on the Chronicle of Higher Education about how to boost international student and study abroad numbers in this tough economy. The talk is tomorrow at noon, EST.

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