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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!

An archive of these e-news briefs is kept on the SMIE Consulting site.

Top SMIE News for the Week of February 11
International Education News
  • Let's begin with a recent Pew Research Center report on college-educated immigrants as a reminder of what we're built on as a country. Over 14.7 million of them (including me) in the U.S. as of 2015. The downside, we don't make it easy for our immigrants with college degrees to stay unlike our competitors.
  • Following on from this Pew report, ACEI-Global put together a great summary of the findings in a blog post highlighting 10 important facts on U.S. immigration. Good data to know.
  • After last week's Duke bombshell story on a professor speaking poorly to international students, Inside Higher Ed reveals that these recent flaps by other institutions (U. of Houston, U. of Liverpool) reflect that perhaps these aren't isolated incidents.
  • At the graduate level, new int'l enrollments are down according to a CGS survey, new int'l apps as well 1% and 4% respectively. Hardest hit are masters-level universities reliant on int'l students for master's programs - down 15%.
  • A portion of these master's degree drops are MBA prospects. A Kaplan Test Prep survey of 150 U.S. programs reveals that the political climate is referenced as the #1 reason int'l apps are down.
  • Word. “We attract enormously talented individuals and spend years training them within our research systems, but often make it very difficult for them to stay,” he explained. “Why would we not want to welcome them?” U. of Chicago president.
  • After the Khashoggi murder by Saudi officials in Istanbul, MIT reviewed the agreements that have led to approximately $62 million received from the Kingdom. The result, a stern talking to about human rights. Is that enough?
  • If your institution is going down the commission-based agent route, check out this article and resources from our friends at Intead. Good stuff.
  • As promised, this week there were 11 separate newsworthy articles both in India and in the U.S. about the fallout from the DHS fake university sting. Here's a sampling of the stories:
    • This BBC report follows one student who fled the country when the news broke. He apparently had enrolled previously at Northwest Polytechnic U., an actual visa mill shut down in 2014. Poor decision-making track record.
    • This Indian news story highlights the plight of the 8 ring leader/agents arrested in this pay-to-stay scheme.
    • The Daily Caller shares stories of several students who decided to leave immediately, one saying because he didn't want to be unlawfully present, because of long-term consequences of doing so.
    • Of course, the Business Standard, titles its piece a bit more critical of the Farmington students, that they were "aware they were committing a crime."
    • Indian officials at home and in the U.S., meanwhile expressed concerns that the students be treated fairly, according to Al Jazeera, while the folks at Inside Higher Ed expressed that the Indian government is protesting the fake university sting and subsequent arrest of its citizens saying those implicated were "duped" into violating federal laws. 
  • Across the pond this article's title is a bit click bait-ish but the truth is as this VC says, "There is nothing good about Brexit for universities." But this same VC does say that the climate has improved in recent years despite the Home Office's tough stances on net migration numbers.
  • Staying in the UK, it seems the tide has turned in universities' favor with a two-pronged push for enrollment targets and a return to post-study work visas. Hope yet despite a no-deal Brexit looming?
  • Well if Chinese and Hong Kong undergraduate applicants to the UK are any indication, the UK will be just fine. Soon, there will be more Chinese than Welsh students studying at British institutions..
  • Meanwhile, the U of Toronto is making waves internationally lately, "Toronto has attracted Indian students who might have previously gone to UK universities and Mexican students who would have gone to the US."
Social Media News
  • Is Facebook the beginning of SkyNet? While their AR, VR, and AI projects are only beginning to see the light of day, the behind the scenes shenanigans over the last three plus years with regulators are proving that FB, now firmly in its teenage years, is developing a dark, troubling adolescence.
  • What do Facebook's plans for unifying FB Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp under the same tech infrastructure mean for anti-trust, data protection and other important privacy issues? Nothing if you believe Facebook officials.
  • Do you need to understand search engines? Yes, you do. Just as Google optimizes its search results for mobile devices, so should your institution. Additionally, SEO still matters, content is king, and mobile search matters most.
  • Are you debating whether to use Facebook video marketing in your international student recruitment plans? If so, here's an article that outlines the cases for and against going down that path.
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