Since the election of Donald Trump, the international education industry has been inundated with speculation that his divisive policies would negatively affect the numbers of international students in the nation. Patrick Atack investigates whether the worst fears have come true, and sheds a light on US stakeholders’ current feelings.
Key figures in the education community have condemned the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the implementation of the travel ban, saying it will “undoubtedly” continue the downturn in international student enrolment.
The Trump administration’s new National Security Strategy will consider restricting potential international students who wish to study STEM subjects in the US in order to prevent technology transfer and intellectual property theft.
The latest Soft Power 30 rankings have shown France’s ascent to the leading position knocking the US down to the third slot and reflecting a global preference for outward looking, business-friendly politics. The UK retained its second place position, but not without its global reputation taking a hit after the Brexit vote.