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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 May 6
International Education News
  • Interested in the Vietnamese student market? Check out my latest article for IDP Connect on how Vietnam has become such a vital market, and where to focus your institution's efforts.
  • This is the kind of "opinion" on international education that does us no good whatsoever. Why? "Our F-1 visa program is not just extremely lax, approving roughly 4 out of every 5 applicants, but it's also extremely generous towards our foreign adversaries."
  • MBA programs in the U.S. are continuing to see substantial declines, even among some of the more prominent ones: "In fact, the falloff this year has been so severe that several highly ranked M.B.A. programs are likely to report double-digit declines in applications."
  • Important piece from the PIE News on the drop in SEVIS #s:“I don’t believe the new data are very surprising to anyone. The canary in the coal mine stopped singing a few years back after changes were made to major scholarship programs, so a decline was inevitable,”
  • Oh China, how you never fail to take things to a new level. One family paid $6.5 million to secure a spot via the Operation Varsity Blues ringleader. Good grief.
  • India and China: two different paths to expanded influence in Africa. Great piece from WES. I knew about China's growing influence but india's catches me by surprise.
  • Well at least we can still say we educate students in computer science better than India and China. 
  • Interesting view from India on how the American Dream for students there has taken a hit, but shows signs of life.
  • The latest round of Confucius Institute closures, have more to do with maintaining Dept. of Defense funding for Chinese language programs than academic freedom issues, it seems.
  • Great piece from Liz Reisberg on the tight rope walked by U.S. institutions engaging with colleges in nations with questionable morality.
  • A new partnership between associations: Interesting to see where this goes toward keeping standards high in credential evaluation.
  • In the UK, a reintroduction of a 2-year post-study work visa looks like it will pass. Playing catch-up on that front are our friends across the pond.
  • This TOEIC cheating scandal in the UK was really quite something. Fascinating details emerging.
  • Well this new platform sounds a lot like the US Coalition (as an alternative to the Common App) application platform launched this past fall. We'll see how this develops.
  • Paying tribute to the passing of a tireless international education advocate, Senator Richard Lugar:
    • Nice piece from David Comp on Senator Lugar's international exchange efforts, particularly focused on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth and Exchange Studies (YES) program.
    • Sharing my thoughts on the passing of an impressive person, the humble man of character and integrity, my international hero, Senator Richard Lugar.
Social Media News
  • Changes are a coming to Facebook. With the latest F8 event, a "laser focus" on privacy and bolstering support for groups are on the way. What will this mean for your existing groups for international students?
  • Social video content is a must these days. How can you get started (if you haven't already) to make video a priority? Good piece from Social Media Explorer.
  • While we're on the topic of video, here's a solid workflow concept from the team at Social Media Examiner to give you an easier time.
  • The old guard of social media platforms is changing. Here's a few of the projected changes for Facebook and Twitter.
  • Email is not dead as a strategy. It's the lifeblood of a successful communication approach with international audiences. Here are five ways to ensure positive outcomes.
  • Are you optimizing your Facebook ads? Do you know how to test your social ads for effectiveness? Good explanation of how to make that happen.
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