In view of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia tensions,colleges across the US have extended their support to Russian students on their campuses. Many have called for compassion for them along with the students from Ukraine, who areworried about the safety of their family members back home and facing sudden financial burdens.
In the previous academic year, US colleges hosted around 5,000 students from Russia, making up less than 1% of all international students in the country.
Similarly, the University of Washingtons President, Ana Mari Cauce, said that the campus stands with Ukraine. However, they must also support the students, scholars and community members from Russia and not let the actions of the Russian government affect them.
Amid the same, agrowing number of US universities are cutting both academic and financial ties with Russia with many suggesting to push visa restrictions on Russian students. However, not many in Washington supported it.The White House later suggested that these sanctions against Russian oligarchs would help restrict access to universities in the US.
President of the Association of American Universities and former president of Case Western Reserve Universitysaid that the US does not punish students for the mistakes of the government. The country should think of the consequences of holding students accountable only based on their country of origin, she added.
US schools like Dartmouth College and Middlebury College have suspended their study abroad programs in Russia and asked students to return to the US. Some have barred students from travelling to Russia.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology ended its ties with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology soon after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Similarly, Arizona State University declared that it will no longer be part of a corporate training centre in Russia affiliated to its business school.
The public universities of the Presidents of Arizona said that they wouldend ties with Russia following the order from the states board of regents.
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