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NY Times: More Japanese Heading Abroad to Study
While the number of overseas students from China and India has grown steadily over the past two decades, the number of Japanese students studying abroad had been dropping since the late nineties, New York Times reporter Miki Tanikawa writes. The reporter cites IIE statistics showing that "the number of Japanese students studying on U.S. campuses hit a peak of 47,000 in 1997, and then fell to 19,000 in 2011."
But now that trend is reversing. According to the article, the number of new visas issued by the U.S. State Department to Japanese students rose 10 percent to 18,668 in 2012, from 16,811 in 2011, partially because Japanese employers are cultivating a more globalized working environment, and partially because more Japanese students at the college and high school levels are going overseas to study English. Read more at the New York Times.
Syrian Scholar Finds Refuge at Indiana University
An IIE Scholar Rescue Fund scholar from Syria who arrived to the United States just last month has found placement at Indiana University.
Abdal-Razzaq Moaz, an expert on the history of Islamic art and architecture, and a former deputy minister within the Syrian government, has received a one-year appointment at Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies and will teach a class there in the fall.
Moaz is one of nearly 500 scholars who have been assisted by IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which provides academic fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries.
Read more about Moaz and Indiana University’s work with at-risk scholars on the IU website.
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