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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, Social Media & International Education (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 August 5
International Education News
  • China (and the US) Welcoming message from State Department, int'l students in China, and Soft Power
    • This past week at the 10th annual EducationUSA Forum, Asst. Sec. of State Royce declared that the US is still open to Chinese students, with declining student visa denials in each of the last four years.
    • On the other hand, this Inside Higher Ed story on Asst. Secretary Royce's speech at the EdUSA Forum focused on blaming the Chinese state-run media for the poor image being developed of the U.S. in China.
    • This South China Morning Post piece points out that for incoming international students to China, they will be punished if they break the rules. One such offense - a male Egyptian student was cited for having a female passenger on his electric bike.
    • Do international students have it easy in China? No. "Although schools are recruiting as fast as they can, too many of them don’t know what to do with their international students once they arrive on campus."
    • Great Inside Higher Ed article discussing what soft power means from an education perspective, and how China is rocking that conversation.
  • United Kingdom - what's working, where the increases are, what's not working
    • When it comes to self-promotion, it's hard not be envious of what Universities UK are doing currently - highlighting the global success of British higher education. It truly is remarkable.
    • In India, after suffering over 6 years of declines due largely to faulty UK government policy, things have turned around in a large way -  student volume up 40% year-on-year, and, importantly, 96% of student visa applicants approved.
    • What are UK unis upset about? Apparently the company hired to manage appointments, document checks, and bio metrics for visa applicants is fraught with challenges.
    • In this PIE News article, the focus of university ire about these visa process problems centers on not only poor service but the extra fees being charged of students just to get a visa appointment.
  • Here's an interesting story detailing how some universities have been doing what they can to ease the pain felt by their international students when it comes to processing delays by USCIS on OPT applications. More power to them!
  • Though this sentiment is not a new one, US should be attracting top talent, it's always refreshing to hear it coming from those born outside this country.
  • For those international student advising offices, seeing your students apply for and receive job offers is so rewarding. Here's a solid advice piece to share with your graduating international students.
  • For an Australian university that last year decided to stop growing its international population, this agreement between UAC and ANU is intended to help that university better shape its incoming int'l class.
  • How far off are we in international higher education from a world without paper transcripts? Not as far as one might think if this new consortium succeeds.
  • Need a good primer on the Bangladesh education system? Check out this brief from the team at World Education Services.
Social Media News
  • While I don't often post on student-facing articles, this one from Study International actually covers what I see more and more U.S. institutions doing to leverage social media strengths of their students in recruitment.
  • Content marketing is so vital for international admissions. Here are some great reminders of what makes good content great on social media.
  • No matter what platform your institution operates on with social media outreach, the key metric that indicates success is engagement. Here's what to focus on to maximize your efforts.
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