Latest Update: (March 4th, 2022)
Among the various steps taken by the current US government on improving the opportunities available to international students and immigrants, a government official suggested that expanding the international education opportunities will help boost innovation and economic prosperity for a better post-pandemic world.
Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programmes at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, speaking at an AIEA conference on 22nd February, stressed the correlation between international experiences and graduation rates.
He stated that the importance to renew [their] commitment to supporting international education initiatives to foster greater engagement and collaboration between scholars, researchers and students worldwide grows as the world regains balance post-pandemic.
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Highlighting the priorities set by the Biden administration, Rosenzweig continued to raise promises of driving innovation and economic prosperity to help build a better world since the pandemic. He further raised promises of developing skills and knowledge among the next generation of leaders to help solve global challenges.
However, he acknowledges the visas processing issues, stating that more work needs to be completed with interagency partners in maintaining academic mobility and supporting scholars and students alike.
He also highlighted the USs move on introducing the visa waiver programme that offers students the opportunity to waive off the visa interview process for different academic and worker visas. However, he also added that such changes take time and collaboration.
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Further emphasising the importance of international students, he acknowledged their contribution to the American economy, i.e. $39 billion and 416,000 US jobs being supported in the last year itself. The added bonus of international students and scholars building lifelong relations with their American peers helps facilitate the US to find a larger standing in the world while building relationships across the globe.
Concluding his speech at the event, Rosenzweig stated that unlocking the potential in others was one of the reasons why he and others joined the profession.
Highlighting the importance of his profession, Rosenzweig spoke of several major reasons. The first is that the academic institutions act as incubators for many of [their] shared values [like] freedom of speech, press, assembly and open academic inquiry. Secondly, the campuses offer students and scholars a platform to traverse different perspectives while addressing critical issues. Thirdly, the profession helps facilitate creating lasting bonds that promote peace, innovation and prosperity, among others.
Source: The Pie News
Here is What You Need to Start Studying in the US!
(Feb 10, 2021)
With the USA preparing to welcome Joe Biden as the 46th President, the education sector expects better support for international collaboration and liberal immigration policies. This, in turn, will boost the number of foreign students who will consider the US as a destination for higher education and the overall international education sector as well.
In a statement, Biden praised Kamala Harris, the Vice-President-elect, who will become the countrys first woman, first African American woman, the first woman of South Asian descent and the first daughter of immigrants to ever be elected to the national office Moreover, the Biden promised that dreams of many have been deferred for long and they must work towards making the dream a reality, regardless of their, faith, ethnicity, identity, disability or their race.
During the Victory speech, Biden stated that the day had been a great day for the US Educators, stating that one of Americas educators will be present in the White House.
The executive director of Presidents Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Miriam Feldblum, requested a bold and aggressive agenda for reducing the damage caused by the previous administration and revoke any rule changes pending in the government.
Feldblum stated that with the damage caused to the US campuses, communities and nation with the implementation of different anti-immigration policies of the current administration, a need to expand protection and opportunities to immigrants and international students has been requested by the Presidents Alliance to the new administration.
Additional, Feldblum called for a pause and withdrawal on all proposed rules and regulations that increase the restrictions on international students and scholars, such as the duration of status and other H-1B rules.
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She also added that the new administration should work on immigration reform that facilitates a roadmap to citizenship for the nations dreamers, TPS holders and undocumented individuals. Moreover, the administration should work on an immigration reform that recognises the contributions made by the international scholars, alumni and student alike.
Many experts and stakeholders in the education sector commented that the Democrats and the Biden administration will openly support and push initiatives that facilitate more international students in the country and recognise their contribution to the economy overall.
Ted Mitchell, the President of the American Council of Education, stated that the higher education community will partner with the new administration and work on the important challenges such as expanding equitable access to educational opportunity and supporting cutting-edge research and innovation.
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Highlighting the need for finalising and approving a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package that includes a minimum of $120 billion in financial support for students, colleges and universities who are in existential crisis, Ted Mitchell added that the Biden administration should make this issue a top priority in January.
Reports and statements from students also hinted that the election results have made them feel at ease with regards to the anti-immigration policies, which felt unfriendly and restrictive.
Simon Emmett, the managing director at IDP Connect stated that Trumps travel policy ban, as seen in their data, a decline in interest of studying in the US. The travel ban particularly brought a decline in this interest from the Middle East.
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Additionally, IDPs annual Student Buyer Behaviour research revealed that the US perceptions of the US lag behind that of the US, Canada and the UK. However, in terms of the perceptions of the quality of education offered, the US has taken the top position.
IDPs search platform further stated that a gentle upward trend has been witnessed for the US over the past two weeks, as searches for the country rose from 10.35% to 16.05%, Emmett added. Countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan saw rises in searches as announcements of Bidens win came forward.