Welcoming students from Sichuan Province

In international student news on September 17, 2008 at 3:17 am
Sichuan Province - image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Sichuan Province - image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

I was happy to read recently that at least one school is helping university students from Sichuan province affected by the recent earthquake. The State University of New York (SUNY) is welcoming 150 international students from Sichuan province in China to attend SUNY free of charge.

Check out the full story here:
SUNY System Opens Doors to 150 Students from Chinese Province Hit by Earthquake

Of course, it’s always good to see others (especially leaders of American universities) doing something to help when such a large crisis occurs. But it can also feel pretty good to do a little something yourself to help! If you’d like to help earthquake survivors rebuild, you might start here:
Network for Good: China Earthquake

Helping out others is wonderful for many reasons, but it’s also becoming a new field for college graduates. The field is called Social Entrepreunurship, and I have to say I’m more than a little excited about all the possibilities it could offer. If you’re interested in social entrepreneurship and ideas for changing the world, you might join this social network for more ideas and to meet others who care about the same causes that you do: www.change.org
Friend me when you get there!

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On another note, rules for international students studying in the United Kingdom are getting tougher. Rueters reports that international students may now have to prove that their family can afford living and studying in the UK in order to enroll in college there. Universities are being told to keep detailed records of international students and report if an international student misses 10 lectures. Why the new rules? Liam Byrne, who’s the Border and Immigration Minister in England, says, “It’s right that foreign students wanting to take advantage of our world-class universities and colleges must meet strict criteria.”  What do you think? Do you think international students should have to follow more rules as students than those studying in their native countries? How do you think these rules compare to rules for students studying in the US? Let’s talk about it in the comments–


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