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  • EGYPTIAN STUDENTSVANISH IN BIG APPLE

    08/08/2006 6:02:19 AM PDT · by PDR · 237 replies · 7,412+ views
    nypost.com ^ | August 8, 2006 -- | DAN MANGAN
    Eleven Egyptian students who were supposed to travel to a Montana university after flying to JFK airport late last month disappeared in New York, spurring federal authorities to issue a nationwide alert, officials said yesterday. The students - who were traveling with six classmates from Mansoura University in Egypt - had their student visas revoked for failing to show up at Montana State University in Bozeman, the officials said. The other six students made it to the college. "The FBI and ICE [Immigration and Custom Enforcement] would like to locate these 11 students in order to speak with them," said...
  • FBI Warns Law Enforcement to Look Out for 11 Missing Egyptian Exchange Students

    08/07/2006 11:20:44 PM PDT · by Wiggins · 93 replies · 3,359+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, August 07, 2006 | Fox News
    The FBI alerted state and local authorities Monday to be on the lookout for 11 Egyptian exchange students who arrived in the U.S. last month but never showed up for class.
  • 11 Egyptian Exchange Students Missing

    08/08/2006 5:00:48 AM PDT · by 84rules · 71 replies · 2,523+ views
    Independnet Record ^ | August 8, 2006 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON — Eleven Egyptian students who arrived in the United States last month are being sought by authorities after failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University. The Egyptian men were among a group of 17 students who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas, according to U.S. authorities and university officials. The other six have arrived at the Bozeman, Mont., campus for a monthlong program on English language instruction and U.S. history and culture, university spokeswoman Cathy Conover said. When the 11 didn’t turn...
  • A Taliban Past, and a Cloudy Yale Future

    07/06/2006 3:30:43 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 15 replies · 622+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 6, 2006 | ALAN FINDER
    A student at Yale University who was once a roving ambassador for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan has been denied admission to a degree-granting program at Yale, one of the student's financial supporters said yesterday. The student, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, apparently can continue to take courses at the university as an untraditional student in a non-degree program, as he did during the past academic year, said Tatiana Maxwell, the president of the International Education Foundation, which was created to raise money to send Mr. Hashemi to Yale. It was uncertain yesterday whether Mr. Hashemi, who is 27, will do so;...
  • Eastern European students flock to US seaside resort for summer jobs

    06/16/2006 10:34:16 AM PDT · by lizol · 55 replies · 2,489+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 06-15-2006
    Eastern European students flock to US seaside resort for summer jobs 06-15-2006, 15h04 OCEAN CITY, United States (AFP) The summer season has kicked off in this resort city on the US Atlantic coast and thousands of eastern European college students are flocking here to fill seasonal jobs snubbed by their American counterparts. Along a 16-kilometer (10-mile) concrete jungle of hotels, amusement parks, fast-food outlets, restaurants and mini-malls, one can hear snatches of Russian, Serbo-Croat, Bulgarian or Polish being spoken among clusters of students strolling on the streets. The town, located some 240 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of the US capital,...
  • 3 Afghan women aim to translate education into action back home

    05/20/2006 7:25:16 AM PDT · by got_moab? · 4 replies · 203+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | May 20, 2006 | ALEX KUFFNER
    BRISTOL -- The president of Roger Williams University stands at the center of the school's leafy campus and gestures toward the three young Afghan women chatting under a tree a few steps away. "One of them will lead their country some day," Roy Nirschel promises. Which one? the women are asked. Nadima Sahar's hand shoots up. "Who will be president? That's me," she says. "No, no," Mahbooba Babrakzai corrects her. "That's only if I lose." What about Arezo Kohistani? What does she think? "I think I will permit you to run," she tells her friends, feigning seriousness. After waiting a...
  • 'Yale Taliban' May Not Meet Standards (Surprise, surprise)

    04/24/2006 5:38:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,128+ views
    Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi created a firestorm of controversy when it was revealed in February that the former Taliban official was enrolled as a student at Yale University. Now it appears Hashemi’s days at Yale may be numbered. In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, John Fund writes: "The continued outrage over the news that an unrepentant former official of a criminal regime whose remnants are still killing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan is part of the Ivy League is catching up with him. Yale is about to establish tougher standards for the program under which he is applying to become...
  • Ga. Tech Student Charged for Aiding Terrorism

    04/20/2006 7:18:20 PM PDT · by do the dhue · 7 replies · 498+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 4/20/2006 | associated press
    ATLANTA — A federal grand jury has indicted a 21-year-old Georgia Tech student for material support of terrorism, U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said on Thursday. Syed Haris Ahmed, a naturalized citizen from Atlanta, is being held by federal authorities at an undisclosed location, known only to his family, his attorney and the government. He waived his right to arraignment with the right to revoke the waiver at any time. "This is the first internatinal terrorism charge filed in Georgia," Nahmias said. "The charge against Mr. Ahmet is serious and involved national security, and it will be prosecuted with that...
  • FBI detains Tech student, won't say why (Pakistan Born Immigrant)

    04/19/2006 8:50:27 PM PDT · by Qaz_W · 24 replies · 1,010+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/20/06 | Bill Torpy & Mike Morris
    A Georgia Tech student born in Pakistan has been in federal custody for nearly a month, apparently because authorities suspect a videotape he made of a building may have been related to terrorism, his family said. Syed Haris Ahmed, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering major who had become increasingly religious in his Islamic faith, was arrested by the FBI March 23 and has been held since, his family said. ……. Ahmed's family denied that he could be involved in anything related to terrorism. He came to the United States with his family in 1997, is an American citizen and lived with...
  • FBI probes SUV incident that injured 6 (Muslim Love Alert)

    03/04/2006 5:33:44 AM PST · by pabianice · 32 replies · 1,099+ views
    seattlepi ^ | 3/4/06 | Dalesio
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The FBI has joined the investigation of a recent college graduate who faces attempted murder charges for allegedly injuring bystanders after driving a sport utility vehicle through a popular campus gathering spot. No one was seriously hurt in the incident at the University of North Carolina on Friday. The FBI joined the case because 22-year-old Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a native of Iran, "allegedly made statements that he acted to avenge the American treatment of Muslims," said agent Richard Kolko, an FBI spokesman in Washington. "The ongoing investigation will work to confirm this." Taheri-azar, who graduated in...
  • From Afghani envoy to Buddhist ascetic, adult Yalies keep a low profile. (A Taliban at Yale)

    03/03/2006 6:30:19 AM PST · by robowombat · 3 replies · 254+ views
    Special programs welcome grown-up students to Yale From Afghani envoy to Buddhist ascetic, adult Yalies keep a low profile. BY THERESE LIM At Yale, it is commonly understood that the student next to you could be a high school valedictorian, a chess champion, or a musical prodigy; few Elis, however, would suspect their classmate to be a former Taliban official. Yet one of this year’s freshmen, 27-year-old Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi ’09, served for years as an Afghani diplomat for the Taliban government. Today he studies Political Science in WLH next to kids fresh out of Exeter. COURTESY PBS.ORG Sayed Hashemi...
  • Former Taliban Foreign Envoy now a member of Yale freshman class

    02/27/2006 10:45:04 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 273+ views
    February 27, 2006: Former Taliban Foreign Envoy now a member of Yale freshman class The Yale Bulletin and Calendar for March 23, 2001, announced a debate between a young Afghan man, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi and Yale law professor Harold Hongju Koh. According to the Bulletin: Hashemi has represented Afghanistan in several European conferences and countries over the last two years. He has spoken on such topics as his country's three-year drought, the continuing 22-year civil war in Afghanistan and U.N. sanctions against the region, emanating from human rights grievances, drug trafficking and the decision of the Taliban government to offer...
  • The Freshman (bin Laden protégé, former Taliban spokesman reflects on 1st year at Yale)

    02/27/2006 8:54:29 AM PST · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 1,101+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | February 26, 2006 | CHIP BROWN
    Sometimes walking up College Street, when the bells were ringing in Harkness Tower and the light on the gabled dorms and leafy quads made the whole campus seem part of some Platonic dream, he could almost forget that there were people back home who would be happy to kill him. His formal introduction to the terrain of the Western mind came in July at the start of the summer term; most of the class of '09 would not arrive until the fall term. He was glad for the chance to get his bearings. The direction of Mecca he knew from...
  • Jihadi Turns Bulldog.The Taliban's former spokesman is now a Yale student.

    02/27/2006 6:07:10 AM PST · by finnman69 · 27 replies · 773+ views
    Opinion journal ^ | 2/27/06 | John Fund
    Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday's New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting diversity a bit too far. Something is very wrong at our elite universities. Last week Larry Summers resigned as president of Harvard when it became clear he would lose a no-confidence vote held by politically correct faculty members furious at his efforts to allow ROTC on campus, his opposition...
  • Taliban's former spokesman is now a Yale student. Anyone see a problem with that? ~ John Fund

    02/27/2006 12:06:23 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 54 replies · 2,217+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | February 27, 2006 | John Fund
    The Taliban's former spokesman is now a Yale student. Anyone see a problem with that? Monday, February 27, 2006 12:01 a.m. Never has an article made me blink with astonishment as much as when I read in yesterday's New York Times magazine that Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban, is now studying at Yale on a U.S. student visa. This is taking the obsession that U.S. universities have with promoting diversity a bit too far.
  • 'NYT' Sunday Preview: Former Taliban Spokesman Finds New Haven--at Yale

    02/26/2006 8:00:44 AM PST · by george76 · 94 replies · 2,610+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | February 24, 2006 | E&P Staff
    The Taliban’s former spokesman, Rahmatullah Hashemi, is now an undergraduate at Yale University, The New York Times reveals in a lengthy cover story by Chip Brown in its Sunday magazine this weekend. The cover line reads, “He was the Taliban’s spin doctor. So what’s he doing at Yale?" In fact, the story shows, Hashemi was at Yale once before—in 2001, appearing at a forum representing the Taliban, a few months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A small clip of Hashemi appears in Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” film. “In some ways,” Hashemi, 27, says today, “I’m the luckiest person in the...
  • Arrest based on terrorist attack Memphis, TN home of Fed Ex

    02/21/2006 11:14:05 PM PST · by angelsonmyside · 20 replies · 813+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | February 22, 2006 | By Lawrence Buser
    Arrest based on terrorist attack By Lawrence Buser Contact February 22, 2006 A University of Memphis student arrested last September with a pilot's uniform and other flight-training materials in his apartment was preparing for a terrorist attack on the United States, new documents in the case allege. Mahmoud Maawad was charged with wire fraud and using a false Social Security number, but authorities now say he was visiting online chatrooms and Web sites supporting radical Sunni Muslim organizations and Al Queda leaders in Iraq. They said an examination of his computer also showed Maawad had searched the Internet for how...
  • Suspect Makes Deal In Dorm Killing

    02/10/2006 6:19:28 PM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 14 replies · 784+ views
    KOIN6 News Portland, Or ^ | 2/10/2006 | KoinTV
    Sentence Is Life With Possible Parole PORTLAND -- The suspect in the 2001 slaying of a University of Portland student has pleaded no contest to aggravated murder, sexual abuse, rape and sodomy. AydinerKate Johnson's body was found in her dorm room on the north Portland campus. Police arrested Deniz Aydiner (pictured) in January 2004 after DNA evidence linked him to the death. The Turkish national was apprehended when he returned to the U.S. Johnson's family wanted to avoid a trial and the detailing of the murder, and the defense and prosecution spent two weeks negotiating a plea agreement. Aydiner will...
  • Attack on professor is linked to grade - UMass student [Nikhil Dhar] charged in knifing

    12/24/2005 8:54:31 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 77 replies · 3,880+ views
    Boston.com ^ | December 24, 2005 | Cristina Silva, Caroline Louise Cole, ohn R. Ellement et al.
    On Thursday, the last day of the semester, professor Mary Elizabeth Hooker cheerfully greeted her hematology class at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with homemade baked goods and coffee from Dunkin' Donuts, friends said. That evening she headed to her Cambridge home, unaware that a student, concerned about his failing grade, was following her with a knife in his car, police records state. Nikhil Dhar, 22, knocked on Hooker's door at 6:30 p.m., started shouting at her and dragged her to the ground, beating her and stabbing her numerous times before slashing her neck and ripping off her shirt,...
  • More Saudi Students in U.S.

    12/18/2005 12:26:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 235+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2005 | JOEL BRINKLEY
    Urgently trying to improve relations with the United States, the Saudi Arabian government has been promoting a scholarship program that has more than doubled the number of Saudi enrollments at American colleges and universities since last year. The program, aimed in part at reducing widespread hostility in the Saudi public toward the United States, has reversed a steady plunge in Saudi students here that started immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The Saudi government offered 5,000 students full four-year scholarships, complete with living allowances. About two-thirds of the 5,000 students enrolled in American schools this fall, the State...
  • Thousands of Scholarships Lift Saudi Enrollments in U.S.

    12/18/2005 2:57:09 AM PST · by infocats · 43 replies · 743+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2005 | JOEL BRINKLEY
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 - Urgently trying to improve relations with the United States, the Saudi Arabian government is promoting a scholarship program that has already more than doubled the number of new Saudi enrollments at American colleges and universities since last year. The program, aimed in part at reducing widespread hostility in the Saudi public toward the United States, has reversed a steady plunge in Saudi students here that started immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The Saudi government offered 5,000 students full four-year scholarships, complete with living allowances. About two-thirds of the 5,000 students enrolled in American...
  • Student Arrested At OKC Airport After Attempted Security Breach

    12/16/2005 9:02:19 PM PST · by apoc · 28 replies · 1,329+ views
    http://www.channeloklahoma.com ^ | channeloklahoma.com
    Student Arrested At OKC Airport After Attempted Security Breach OKLAHOMA CITY -- An international student at the University of Central Oklahoma was arrested Thursday night at Will Rogers Airport after trying to get through security without a ticket, abducting a woman outside the airport and then attempting to steal a car, according to police. Humberto Deita, 21, from Puebla, Mexico, and enrolled in UCO's design program, has been charged with auto burglary and attempted abduction. Authorities said an area soldier awaiting a ride got in between Deita and a woman in the car the student allegedly tried to carjack. Deita...
  • Alarming Export: Engineers

    11/30/2005 4:17:44 PM PST · by indthkr · 107 replies · 2,121+ views
    EE Times ^ | 11/14/2005 | David Lammers
    Ted Rappaport came to Austin just a few years ago to set up a wireless-technology center at the University of Texas at Austin. The Wireless Networking and Communications Group, which Rappaport directs, has attracted a dozen corporate sponsors and 14 world-class faculty to the wireless center. It is a huge success story. But there are two problems, and they are related. The wireless group has 70 students — all but five of them graduate students. Nearly all of them are from China, India and other non-U.S. countries. They gain entry by attaining essentially perfect scores on the graduate record exams....
  • Duke to Establish Islamic Studies Center, Create $1.5 Million Endowed Professorship

    11/13/2005 9:45:34 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 37 replies · 1,294+ views
    Duke University ^ | Wednesday, November 9, 2005 | Blake Dickinson
    The center's primary focus will be undergraduate education, international outreach Durham, N.C. -- Duke University will create an Islamic studies center that will focus on undergraduate education and expand partnerships with universities in Muslim-majority countries, Provost Peter Lange announced Wednesday. “The Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC) will seek to advance interaction and understanding between citizens of American and Muslim cultures,” said Lange, the university’s top academic official. “The center’s ultimate objective is to provide interdisciplinary learning with a humanistic approach to the world’s future western and Muslim leaders. This complements many of the university’s top priorities, including advancing the undergraduate...
  • Stunning Role Reversals in Pakistan (more women than men studying in the West)

    11/06/2005 3:03:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 443+ views
    The Globalist ^ | 02 November 2005 | Sukaina Taqi
    Why has it become relatively easier for Pakistani and Middle Eastern women to study abroad compared to their male counterparts? ___ More men from Middle Eastern nations are choosing to attend colleges in Singapore and Australia — and the United States and the United Kingdom are applying more stringent restrictions on student visas. Sukaina Taqi argues that the current political situation is reversing roles in Pakistan — and now more Pakistani families would rather send their daughters to the West. As a teenager growing up in Pakistan, I would hear all too frequently from my parents: “You know, the rules...
  • Over 10,000 Saudi Students US Bound

    10/23/2005 10:25:49 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 86 replies · 4,651+ views
    Asharq Alawsat (UK arabic newspaper) ^ | 23 October 2005 | Omar El Okeily & Najah al Osaymi
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- More than 10,000 Saudi students will travel to the US to attend university as part of a government-sponsored program following the adoption of new measures by the Ministry of Higher Education aimed at facilitating travel procedures for Saudis. In total, 21,000 Saudis are expected to take part in the program in the next four years. Prospective students can submit their applications to the Ministry of Higher Education through a Ministry special office or its website for nine different specializations and will be able to benefit from assistance with their visa applications at the US embassy and its...
  • Saudi In Aurora Probed For Possible Terror Link (Colorado)

    10/22/2005 7:02:57 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 8 replies · 381+ views
    cbs4denver ^ | 10/22/2005 | Rick Sallinger
    A Saudi man living in Aurora has been under investigation for possible links to terrorism, according to his attorneys. Homaidan Al-Turki was already facing state and federal charges for enslaving and sexually assaulting an Indonesian maid. Al-Turki, 37, is a graduate student at the University of Colorado, studying linguistics. He’s been in the United States since 1995. That’s when his lawyers said the investigation started.... Federal Court documents filed by Al-Turki’s attorneys detail the investigation against him. The documents claim the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force has had Al-Turki under a “full fledge investigation” suspecting “he is closely aligned to...
  • 25,000 Students to Get Funds for Foreign Study

    10/01/2005 3:59:39 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies · 269+ views
    Arab News ^ | 1 October 2005 | Hassan Fitaihi
    As many as 25,000 Saudi students soon may be studying abroad, as the Council of Ministers has approved a massive scholarship program. Responding to invitations from foreign leaders as well as domestic desires for better ties within the global village, Saudi graduate and undergraduate students are being invited to apply for the program, meant to build bridges of understanding between Saudi Arabia and other nations. A variety of factors, including grade point average (GPA) and length of time elapsing since the last degree was earned, are among the determinants. Different fields of study have different requirements. After approval and acceptance...
  • Jeb Bush calls for more foreign students

    09/30/2005 1:25:50 AM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 19 replies · 495+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | September 30, 2005 | Christina Hoag and Pablo Bachelet
    Posted on Fri, Sep. 30, 2005 THE AMERICAS Jeb Bush calls for more foreign students Speakers at The Herald's Americas Conference called for immigration reform and asserted that China's regional interest is business, not politics. BY CHRISTINA HOAG AND PABLO BACHELET pbachelet@herald.com A forceful call by Gov. Jeb Bush to reform U.S. immigration laws and China's long shadow over Latin America were the buzz of the first day of the Americas Conference in Coral Gables on Thursday. Participants also looked ahead to the summit of presidents and prime ministers in Argentina in November, with diplomats from Washington and Buenos Aires...
  • Malkin: Who is Mahmoud Maawad?

    09/17/2005 9:49:59 AM PDT · by cgk · 27 replies · 1,499+ views
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 9-16-05 | Michelle Malkin
    WHO IS MAHMOUD MAAWAD? By Michelle Malkin   ·   September 16, 2005 02:24 PM I mentioned this story below, but think it deserves a stand-alone post as more disturbing details come in from Memphis, Tenn. Via AP: MEMPHIS, Tenn. A federal magistrate has ordered a University of Memphis student held until trial. Prosecutors say F-B-I agents found an airline pilot's uniform, a chart of Memphis International Airport and instructional D-V-D's. One was titled "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act." Mahmoud Maawad is charged with wire fraud and fraudulent use of a Social Security number. Describing what agents found, Assistant...
  • Student Arrested After Pilot Uniform Found

    09/16/2005 12:31:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 326 replies · 12,611+ views
    SF Gate & AP ^ | September 16, 2005
    Memphis -- A university student from Egypt was ordered held without bond after prosecutors said they found a pilot's uniform, chart of Memphis International Airport and a DVD titled "How an Airline Captain Should Look and Act" in his apartment. The FBI is investigating whether Mahmoud Maawad, 29, had any connection to terrorists. He is awaiting trial on charges of wire fraud and fraudulent use of a Social Security number. Maawad, who is in the United States illegally, told the judge during a hearing Thursday that he is studying science and economics at the University of Memphis. "My school is...
  • Classes for Saudis separated(Virginia Tech)

    08/16/2005 7:04:16 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 35 replies · 744+ views
    Roanoke Times ^ | 08/05/05 | Kevin Miller
    Classes for Saudis separated By Kevin Miller 381-1676 Gender-specific classes are given at Tech this summer for people from Saudi Arabia. BLACKSBURG - About 60 faculty members from a Saudi Arabian university are taking courses on Virginia Tech's campus this summer. But the program's setup is a bit different than a typical Tech class. Men and women from King Abdulaziz University are taking identical faculty development courses at Tech, but meet in gender-specific classes. Tech officials said administrators from the Saudi university separated the sexes to mirror classroom settings at their home institution, which operates separate campuses for men and...
  • Students to be removed from Pakistan

    08/14/2005 12:43:55 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 4 replies · 235+ views
    Reuters via The New Zealand Herald ^ | August 15, 2005 | Staff
    KARACHI - Pakistani authorities are preparing to send home 648 foreign students studying at Islamic religious schools in the southern Sindh province, says a senior Government official. "There are some 648 foreign students studying in madrasas in the province, of which 591 are in Karachi," Ghulam Mohtaram, Home Secretary of Sindh, told reporters in Karachi. President Pervez Musharraf banned foreign students coming to Pakistan for religious education after the July 7 London bombings and because of reports some Islamic religious schools, or madrasas, were militant recruiting grounds. He said all the foreign students in Pakistani madrasas would be asked to...
  • Gender Segregated Saudi Program Criticized At Va. Tech

    UPDATED: 9:33 am EDT August 14, 2005 BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech professors are complaining that their university is discriminating against women by allowing gender-segregated classes for visiting Saudi Arabian faculty members. Eloise Coupey, an associate professor of marketing at Tech, filed a complaint with the school's equal opportunity office on Tuesday. The complaint alleges the single-sex classes offered to faculty from King Abdulaziz University created a hostile environment for women. Coupey said in an interview that the segregated classes indicate to her that Virginia Tech "doesn't place a strong enough value on women's rights." Several faculty members are unhappy...
  • Tech professor calls setup a 'hostile' environment[segregated classes for Saudis]

    08/10/2005 4:58:42 AM PDT · by AppyPappy · 19 replies · 640+ views
    Tech professor calls setup a 'hostile' environment Several faculty members have accused the university of letting the Saudis import regressive attitudes toward women. A Virginia Tech professor filed a complaint Tuesday with the university's equal opportunity office alleging that single-sex classes for visiting Saudi Arabian faculty had created a hostile environment for women. While university administrators said the classes will continue, Provost Mark McNamee issued an apologetAdvertisement ic statement Tuesday saying classes separated by gender were incompatible with Tech's policies. McNamee also vowed to use the incident as a "learning moment" when negotiating future contracts with foreign visitors. For the...
  • More illegal immigrants in colleges

    07/24/2005 6:13:45 AM PDT · by Shawndell Green · 39 replies · 2,846+ views
    Enrollment has increased ninefold since the state allowed them to pay lower tuition Texas public colleges have seen a spike in enrollment of illegal immigrants since state lawmakers approved a measure allowing them to pay lower in-state tuition rates. The number of illegal immigrants attending public institutions, particularly community colleges, has increased ninefold since the change was adopted, according to Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board data. In 2001, Texas became the first state to offer in-state tuition and state financial aid to illegal immigrants. Eight other states, including California and New York, have since adopted similar measures. State Sen. Leticia...
  • Year in U.S. shifts Muslim teens' views

    07/05/2005 7:16:05 AM PDT · by Valin · 17 replies · 929+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 6/24/05 | Brian Knowlton
    WASHINGTON Bush administration efforts to improve attitudes toward the United States among Muslims around the world have met with sharp, bipartisan criticism here as inadequate, even naïve. But student-exchange programs have provided a notable exception. The State Department-sponsored Youth Exchange and Study Program, started in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, appears to have had positive results. Four students from Middle Eastern and North African countries who were among 300 participants in that program told why during a recent stop here after a year living with host families and attending American high schools. (Program officials would not...
  • Immigrant students deserve a chance

    06/08/2005 7:12:19 PM PDT · by bayourod · 103 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | 6-8-05 | Lena Deevy
    Immigrants from across the globe still come to this country for the same reasons as those of centuries past: to escape poverty or war, and to make a better life for their families. Our current immigration system is so outdated that the majority of those who want to come to the United States are not allowed to apply for a visa to enter the country. Had these regulations been in place during the famine in Ireland, the ancestors of so many families in Massachusetts would have faced a bitter choice: let bureaucracy force them to return to starvation and death,...
  • DA: Teen Bomb Suspect Hates U.S. - Canadian student in Bucks who allegedly had…

    06/04/2005 9:59:19 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 38 replies · 1,249+ views
    The Morning Call [Allentown, PA] ^ | June 4, 2005 | Hal Marcovitz
    …explosive equipment at home and made threat against school could be charged as adult. The 17-year-old Bucks County boy charged with having bomb-making equipment in his bedroom and threatening to blow up his school is a Canadian who hates Americans, prosecutors say. Travis W. Biehn was ordered held at the county juvenile detention center Friday after Judge Kenneth G. Biehn — no relation — ruled the boy remains a danger to the community. ''He had the explosives in his home and the parents didn't know about it,'' said Assistant District Attorney Robert D. James, who is prosecuting the boy. ''We...
  • UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGN STUDENTS

    05/22/2005 9:28:45 PM PDT · by bog · 118+ views
    A federal court case in Kansas will soon decide whether states have the right to offer in state tuition for undocumented aliens when they attend Oklahoma Colleges and Universities.Oklahoma is currently only one of 8 states that allow undocumented students to pay in state tuition rates.READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT http://bigokieguy.blogspot.com/
  • Indians 'high IQ assets' in the US

    05/03/2005 9:08:28 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 121 replies · 3,387+ views
    The Financial Express ^ | Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 1010 hours IST | PTI
    SILICON VALLEY: Indians have emerged as the leading source of imported intellectual capital for the United States, with a growing number of students enrolling in American universities even as overall foreign enrolment dropped, according to a media report. The good news comes from India whose students were overtaking their Chinese counterparts as the largest group of foreign students enrolled in us universities, the San Jose Mercury News reported, adding their numbers continued to rise. In 2003-04, the number of foreign students from India rose to 79,736 compared with 61,765 from China, the report said. At Stanford University, the number of...
  • US Loses Foreign Students to Post-9/11 Competition

    03/24/2005 10:09:16 PM PST · by Euro-American Scum · 9 replies · 468+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/24/05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Buoyed by tough U.S. visa policies after Sept. 11, countries from Europe to Asia are eating into the United States' multibillion dollar business of educating foreign students, academics and officials said on Thursday. More than 570,000 foreigners study in the United States, earning the U.S. economy about $13 billion a year, but the numbers are in decline. "Matriculations of foreign students are still down. And meanwhile, other English-speaking countries are actively recruiting students who in other times and under different circumstances would have come to the United States to study," said George Washington University President Stephen Joel...
  • US sees rise in Arab students, fall in Indians

    03/24/2005 3:54:52 AM PST · by Gengis Khan · 11 replies · 592+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | New York, March 23, 2005 | Indo-Asian News Service
    The number of researchers from the Middle East applying to graduate study programmes in the US rose by six per cent in the past year whereas those from India and China showed a drastic decrease. According to the US-based Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), which released the figures, the rise in applications challenges the belief that tighter US visa regulations since Sep 11 2001 would deter students from Muslim nations, the Science magazine reported. The visa restrictions have been constantly cited as the reason for the falling number of foreign students - especially from India and China - applying to...
  • Foreign Students Fill Computer Science Graduate Programs

    02/28/2005 6:58:54 PM PST · by Lessismore · 223 replies · 1,988+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 2005-02-28 | by Patrick Thibodeau
    FEBRUARY 28, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) - An argument cited by H-1B supporters for raising the visa cap stems from the high number of foreign students -- especially from China and India -- who come to the U.S. to study. Foreign student enrollments account for about 70% of the masters and Ph.D. computer science students at Texas Tech University, according to John Borrelli, dean of the graduate school at the 28,000-student university in Lubbock. Last year, the number of foreign students who applied for graduate admissions was more than three times the number of U.S. residents who did so, Borrelli said. In...
  • A Harvard "education" (in gender studies and US imperialism) for Iraqi students

    02/19/2005 4:20:51 PM PST · by dennisw · 4 replies · 292+ views
    democracy-project ^ | Feb. 18, 2005 | — Winfield Myers
    February 18, 2005 A Harvard "Education" for Iraqi Students   Iraq's universities were ignored during the long dark night that was Saddam's reign. In that, they share some of the problems faced by Eastern European universities after the Wall fell: aging infrastructures, a cowed and politicized professoriate and student body, and the effects of a generation of isolation from the world's great centers of higher learning.Therefore, it's heartening to know that some Iraqi students are now able to travel abroad -- something nearly impossible to before -- to be exposed to Western higher education. Or at least, it would...
  • U.S. eases visa rules for science students

    02/15/2005 12:30:38 AM PST · by seacapn · 4 replies · 197+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 14, 2005 | AP staff
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is changing visa procedures to make it easier for some foreign students wishing to study science or other technical fields in the United States. The changes are intended to speed up the process of approving security clearances and allowing those clearances to remain in effect longer. U.S. officials have struggled to balance competing goals of inviting foreign scholars, who provide an intellectual and financial boon to many American universities, while preventing sensitive technology from being illegally transferred out of the country.
  • California professor flunks Kuwaiti's pro-U.S. essay

    01/17/2005 4:56:04 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 51 replies · 1,799+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2005 | George Archibald
    A 17-year-old Kuwaiti student whose uncles were kidnapped and tortured by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's invaders more than a decade ago said his California college political science professor failed him for praising the United States in a final-exam essay last month. Ahmad Al-Qloushi, a foreign student at Foothill College near San Jose, Calif., said he was told by professor Joseph A. Woolcock to get psychological treatment because of the pro-American views expressed in his essay.
  • French Exchange students discover the United States

    01/19/2005 8:38:30 PM PST · by Citizen James · 24 replies · 1,192+ views
    The Willow Glen Resident ^ | 1/19/05 | Meghan O'Hare
    (My emphasis added) WILLOW GLEN, CA - They may be thousands of miles from their native land, but with the help of their host families, two French foreign exchange students are creating a home away from home in Willow Glen. Through the Rotary Club's exchange student program, Pierre-Hugo Wadel and Delphine Poigny have the opportunity to experience American culture firsthand. They take classes at Willow Glen High School, play sports and visit California's landmarks with their host families. Although both say they appreciate the chance to be American teenagers for a year, their primary reason for coming to the United...
  • Top-up fees drive British pupils into arms of US universities

    12/28/2004 9:10:52 AM PST · by Pikamax · 24 replies · 925+ views
    TIMES ONLINE ^ | 12/28/04 | Alexandra Blair
    Top-up fees drive British pupils into arms of US universities By Alexandra Blair, Education Correspondent THOUSANDS more British students are applying to American universities as generous scholarships and top-quality facilities compete with British institutions. With the introduction of university top-up fees in 2006, the US Education Advisory Service (USEAS) says that inquiries from British students have risen sevenfold. America has more world-class universities than any other country, with 17 in the top 20, according to the annual table compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong university. Britain has the next highest, with Oxford and Cambridge in the top 20. “We can’t ignore...
  • Foreigner's Enrollment in US Universities falls.

    12/21/2004 4:27:12 AM PST · by HMFIC · 27 replies · 867+ views
    Tamp Truib ^ | 21 Dec 04 | HMFIC
    TAMPA - Nadeem Rajabdeen was sure he'd raise a red flag at the U.S. Embassy. A young Muslim seeking a student visa to the United States, he sweated out hours of official interviews. When it was over, Rajabdeen, with all his documents in order, convinced them he would return to live and work in his native Sri Lanka. He would join his family's real estate firm, he said.