A year after Obama’s announcement that the US would begin restoring relations between the US and Cuba, NAFSA has launched an initiative to build academic relationships and student mobility between the two countries.
Educators in the US must change their approach to study abroad in order to boost outbound numbers, Fanta Aw, president of NAFSA, has said. She also spoke about trends in inbound mobility, noting that international recruitment has "ramped up".
President Barack Obama announced his plans to follow through with an immigration overhaul, including expanding and extending the federal Optional Practical Training programme, which allows international students to work in the US while studying.
International students and their dependents contributed $26.8 billion to the US economy and around 340,000 jobs were created or supported by the international education industry in the last academic year, according to an analysis by NAFSA, a leading industry body.
Last week NAFSA, Association of International Educators held the world's largest annual international education conference in San Diego. The organisation threw its weight behind immigration reform once more as the number of delegates broke the 10,000 mark for the first time.
International students and educational institutions in the US have very different perceptions of retention factors, NAFSA research reveals. The study compares the reasons given by institutions and international students to explain why international students quit degrees before completion.
International educators urged representatives on Capitol Hill last week to push for immigration reform as part of NAFSA's annual Advocacy Day. Meanwhile, House Democrats are launching a petition to force the hand of House Republicans who have put off mooting immigration bill HR 15.