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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 April 1
International Education News
  • This son of Palestinian refugees who has become a successful entrepreneur makes a very convincing case for the damage being done by this administration's immigration policies. Best line, "International students don’t need to study in the US to realize their full potential."
  • Is the golden age of international education over? Karin Fischer at the Chronicle raises some very important questions in this in-depth piece.
  • Another prominent U.S. college goes test-optional - the University of San Francisco. Having done application reading for USF a couple times over the last few years, this change will certainly open the door wider. What's not clear is whether international students would be SAT/ACT optional.
  • For Chinese students who don't get into their first-choice Chinese uni, their gaokao exams can increasingly unlock the door to U.S. higher ed options. Does your institution open this option to Chinese undergraduate applicants?
  • For Asian studies academics, very interesting to see this article about their perspectives on the massive Chinese wave of students being experienced in many Western nations, and the role of government control over their free expression of ideas.
  • And while we're on Chinese influence on U.S. campuses, we inevitably return to the drama around Confucius Institutes. Human Rights Watch indicates that the Chinese government is interfering with academic freedom, particularly that of Chinese students.
  • These lawmakers are going down a dangerous road by proposing Iranian students have their visas revoked. Just about as short-sighted as you can imagine. Hopefully, this move goes nowhere fast.
  • What's driving Turkish students to study abroad? Concerns about their careers and future. Good report from IEFT profiled in this PIE News article.
  • Encouraging to see the U.S. embracing stronger educational ties with Kuwait, especially with a focus on women. So much to learn from each other.
  • Meanwhile, though Vietnam is huge market for U.S. colleges and universities (#6 sender in 2018), Canada has been making significant inroads in this important SE Asian country.
  • Is Indonesia on your international student recruitment radar? If so, you're likely dealing with transfer undergraduate and graduate interest. Here's a solid overview of the Indonesian education system from WES.
  • An interesting article from the Times of India on why Indian students have a hard time fitting in while in the U.S. Not so sure that's the focus of the article is though.
  • We know US business schools have seen flat or falling international numbers in the last two years. Where have they been going? We've seen Canadian MBA programs booming, but the UK, despite Brexit, is seeing growth. 
  • Down Under their international student numbers are anything but down. For the 2nd year in a row, Australia has seen double-digit growth. In the past year, nearly 700,000 overseas students were studying in Australia.
  • In Germany, institutions feeling that shrinking feeling are looking to international student recruitment to ease their woes. At least we're not the only country looking that way.
  • Is it time for a major shakeup in English language testing? If the folks at companies like Duolingo or English3 have their way, it's happening sooner rather than later.
  • When considering students applying without academic documentation due to refugee status or other challenging circumstances, where does your university stand? Are you able to carve exceptions out for deserving students?
  • On the other end of the credential business for those without transcripts there is the ever expanding world of micro-credentials, digital badging and skills-based assessment tools. Credential Engine is become quite the player on this side.
  • Pathway programs have blossomed onto the scene in the US in the last decade.What's the future look like for these players who are transforming the way some institutions view international students.
Social Media News
  • What is working on Facebook these days in terms of engagement from business or institutional posts? Video, questions, and photo posts, in that order, see the highest levels of audience participation. 
  • Be authentic, share your world with audiences, and understand each platform. These are apparently what you need to do to be a social media influencer. Interesting.
  • Are you new to social media marketing? If so, here a great summary of what you need to be tracking to determine the effectiveness of your outreach.
  • While I'm not on board with all of these being "killer tips" (click bait), there are certainly some useful suggestions to bolster your social media strategy.
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