Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

Hot off the digital press, here is my latest essay. I kick it off with one of my favorite quotes from Senator Fulbright about international educational exchange: There is nothing obscure about the objectives of educational exchange. Its purpose is to acquaint Americans with the world as it is and to acquaint students and scholars … Continue reading Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

“Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

Here's a short, sweet, and spot-on analysis by David DeMaria, associate vice provost for international education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. You can either follow this link to read the original article or read the copy/paste version below. It appeared in the 26.5.20 issue of The Conversation. I've told more than one US colleague since … Continue reading “Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

“This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read…”

President Donald Trump holds a Bible outside St. John's Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday night, June 1, 2020, after riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear away protesters. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night.(Patrick Semansky, The Dallas Morning News) I'll … Continue reading “This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read…”

Góc Nhìn Từ Việt Nam: COVID – 19 Nhắc nhở Thế giới rằng Trump chỉ là “Hoàng đế Cởi truồng”

This is a slightly updated Vietnamese version of View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes (17.4.20). Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) Nhân vật chính trong câu chuyện cổ tích nổi tiếng của nhà văn người Đan Mạch thế kỷ 19, Hans Christian Andersen, có rất nhiều điểm … Continue reading Góc Nhìn Từ Việt Nam: COVID – 19 Nhắc nhở Thế giới rằng Trump chỉ là “Hoàng đế Cởi truồng”

View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes

Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch about Trump and COVID-19. As I mention in passing, The coronavirus lays bare on an almost daily basis the litany of faults and weaknesses of Donald Trump and the country he was elected to lead. I focus on the former; it's … Continue reading View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes

“International education ‘number one priority’ for US bureau”

At the February IIE Summit 2019, Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), US State Department, told her audience that international education is the #1 priority for ECA.  Her deputy, Caroline Casagrande, confirmed that “additional resources” have been obtained to promote outbound and inbound study abroad.  What "additional resources," I wonder?  In terms of … Continue reading “International education ‘number one priority’ for US bureau”

US Visa Overstays: Is the Sky Falling?

The Trump administration recently proposed (yet another) new rule related to nonimmigrant, including student, visas.  This one, if approved, will establish a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other holders of certain nonimmigrant visas.  Why?  Is there something broken that needs to be fixed?  Are the overstay rates breaking new records?  Do … Continue reading US Visa Overstays: Is the Sky Falling?

Trump is not deterring Vietnamese from studying in US

Here are the introduction and conclusion to my latest (7.7.17) University World News article about the possible impact of political changes in the US, in particular, on young Vietnamese studying overseas.  It includes links to recent articles.  If these excerpts whet your appetite for more, follow this link to read the article in its entirety.  … Continue reading Trump is not deterring Vietnamese from studying in US

US Mission Viet Nam Response to Open Letter to Vietnamese Parents & Students

Below is a response I received from Molly Stephenson, Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy, and Matthew Wall, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, in response to an "open letter" I wrote last December to Vietnamese parents and students who may be concerned about the outcome of the US presidential election.  Reprinted with permission. This … Continue reading US Mission Viet Nam Response to Open Letter to Vietnamese Parents & Students

Latest Executive Order Undermines America’s Safety & Values (NAFSA)

To the students, scholars, doctors, refugees, family members and others who wonder if the United States has lost its commitment to its core values as a nation of freedom, opportunity and welcome, let me unequivocally state that American citizens will not tolerate policies such as these that undermine our values and endanger our safety. We … Continue reading Latest Executive Order Undermines America’s Safety & Values (NAFSA)