Exchanges in the media
The Department of State issued a new guidance directive this afternoon (available here; direct to PDF here), clarifying the visa status of Chinese teachers at campus-based Confucius Institutes. Specifically, the directive states that Chinese language teachers “sponsored by university or college sponsors who are teaching at primary or secondary schools are not required to depart the United States at the end of this academic year, unless that was their intended date of departure.”
Wang Yongli, deputy chief executive of the Office of Chinese Language Council International, said he was “taken by surprise and quite shocked” by the release last week of a State Department directive that would require all Chinese-language schoolteachers affiliated with campus-based Confucius Institutes and holding J-1 visas to leave the country within weeks, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
A State Department policy directive issued last week (and reported on yesterday by the Alliance) asserted that campus-based Confucius Institutes must be part of the sponsoring college’s foreign-language program or apply for separate accreditation. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today that the Department of State has called that section of the directive “confusing” and said it would be “redrafted to clarify that Confucius Institutes that have partnerships with accredited colleges are in compliance with visa regulations.”
A Department of State policy directive issued last week states that any academics at campus-based Confucius Institutes who are teaching at the elementary- and secondary-school levels are violating the terms of their visas and must leave at the end of this academic year, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The memorandum also says that, “after a ‘preliminary review,’ the State Department has determined that the institutes must obtain American accreditation in order to continue to accept foreign scholars and professors as teachers.”
Campus-based English language programs may be required to apply for separate, specialized accreditation to maintain their ability to enroll international students, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed report. A bulletin recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires separate accreditation for both freestanding ESL programs and those affiliated with colleges and universities that already have their own accreditation.
In a recent interview on WGN Radio, Rajika Bhandari, the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Deputy Vice President of Research and Evaluation, and radio host Mike McConnell discussed the value study abroad adds to students’ resumes and agreed that overseas experience makes them more attractive to future employers.
McConnell recalled his own daughter’s personal experience:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week an expanded list of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) designated-degree programs that qualify eligible graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension, NAFSA: Association of International Educators reports.
A growing number of students from the U.K. are considering pursuing a degree abroad, driven by a combination of the increasingly globalized graduate employment market and rising tuition fees in the UK, the Guardian recently reported.
Forty American students from 31 different universities will serve as “a ‘public face’ for the U.S. as it seeks to promote people-to-people exchanges with visitors” during the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea, which starts this Saturday and runs until August 12. The Korea Times reports that the American students will “greet visitors, government officials and other dignitaries as well as provide administrative, protocol and programming support.”
Last Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong “hailed the importance of people-to-people engagement during the third annual U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE),” according to a media note released by the Department of State.