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In our day-to-day professional work in international education, we all struggle to manage information flow, identify opportunities, synthesize possible solutions, and act appropriately to better ourselves, our audiences, and our world. 

To help in this often overwhelming task, SMIE Consulting offers this free social media and international education weekly news brief to share our perspectives and to provide some wisdom along the way. Happy reading!

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Top SMIE News for the Week of January 14
International Education News
  • Good to see independent English language programs, like members of IALC, banding together to set some standards for approved agents they recommend prospective students use. 
  • The Pathway train rolls on, this next stop in the Big Apple with INTO Hofstra, the 12th US partner institution for INTO. Where does your institution stand in developing its own program or partnering with one of the big boys?
  • Always intriguing to see where other countries' students go and why. This PIENews article is ostensibly about the role of Japan agents and universities in sending students abroad, but the takes on the top destinations for Japanese students provides a useful read.
  • Why are Canadian MBA programs seeing growth internationally? "The dark mood in the U.S. has also played a significant role for her, her parents and many others in her cohort who chose Canada."
  • But here's an interesting take on Canada's view of the U.S.:"There is a vast amount of space between plausibility and truth." While not specifically a student piece, it's comforting to hear that despite our administration's faults, Canadian still want to come.
  • On a local level, around LaCrosse, WI, the uphill fight is ongoing for area colleges. Good quote from Emelee Volden at UW-Lacrosse: Yes, very much the case: “We can still say, without a doubt, that international students are safe and welcome here. But that needs to be a stronger message now because of the news around the world, what’s happening in D.C.”
  • Curious to see this report on who the STEM majors are when comparing US-born and immigrant students. Fascinating. Immigrant children, much like international students, are more likely to be STEM majors in college.
  • A lot of hand-wringing going on at this event, but I love Rahul Choudaha's approach: H.O..PE. strategy. Read this piece to learn more.
  • Looking at the trends coming from India, still growing but...this Indian article express the belief that growth will continue to slow. Why? "If students are uncertain of employment or feel the environment is hostile, then they will reconsider the decision to pursue higher studies in the US."
  • Purdue is shaking things up, and has done so since their current president, Mitch Daniels, came on board. Purdue Global is a player. Solid overview of what the Kaplan acquisition is doing to redefine the institution.
  • A light in the darkness for UK universities wallowing in Brexit deal/no deal depression. Student post-study work options are set to improve significantly once approved.
  • But the dark cloud of the likely loss of more than 1.3 billion euros in research funding from the European Research Council post-Brexit, will drive UK institutions to compensate by increasing recruitment in China. Do you buy it?
  • Visa fees are going up for Indian students applying to the UK. Why? Covering health care costs and the impact on the NHS.
  • Love seeing this proactive piece coming out of the UK - how to deal with the public paranoia over immigrants and international students. Sad that it has to exist, but oh so necessary in this day and age.
  • Are international schools (K-12th) globally a big deal? With over 7 million students expected to be enrolled in such schools by 2023, you betcha. The number of schools increased by 40% between 2012-18. Fascinating.
  • What is the value add for colleges that decide to go test-optional? Philosophically is it just driving up apps, increasing selectivity, or is there a true moral compass behind the move. Good read from Inside Higher Ed.
Social Media News
  • When it comes to communicating with prospective students, personalization should be the minimum expectation. Here's the next level approach admissions offices should be taking: Attention, importance, ego extension, dependence, and appreciation.
  • While this article is written for students, it does represent a great primer if your institution is looking for ways to leverage social media in recruiting your class.
  • We all know how different China is when it comes to social media, here's a stark reminder that US students studying there need to keep in mind. Important warning to University of California students in China about their social media usage.
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