Newsdesk Articles: Home & Abroad

Wesleyan University has abandoned opening a joint venture campus in partnership with Chinese corporation Hengdian Group and the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Read more


A new report from Scholars at Risk, addresses the threats facing students and scholars in and adjacent to mainland China. Read more


Author Thomas Schmidinger is the latest academic to accuse the United States of denying him entry into the country based on his research. Read more


Yale-NUS College is under scrutiny this week after cancelling an educational program originally titled Dissent And Resistance In Singapore. Read more


To complement our Guides to Student Rights on Campus, today we’re proud to release a set of translated, abbreviated guides. Read more


Professor Adam Duker puts his faith in faith — and the transformative power of teaching world religions to students who’ve never been exposed to them. Read more


FIRE is relieved to learn that Ajjawi is able to continue his academic career. But we remain concerned. Read more


An incoming Harvard student was due to begin classes at Harvard this week, but was seemingly denied a visa for his friend's posts on social media. Read more


Kerem Schamberger believes that his scholarship and politics are responsible for his inability to obtain a visa to present at a conference in Washington, D.C. Read more


FIRE sent a letter to American University over its treatment of professor Adam Duker. AUC has now responded to FIRE, saying little about the allegations. Read more


The FBI’s advisory is the latest development in the increasingly uneasy relationship between China’s government and academic institutions abroad. Read more


Our government’s scrutiny of blameless international students will likely track the same pattern of excessive panic followed by retrospective remorse. Read more


A Tiananmen Square anniversary drew the ire of Chinese government officials at New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology. Read more


NPR reported a new development in the increasingly uneasy relationship between China, the U.S. government, and American academic institutions. Read more


Reports state that all visa applicants must “submit any information about social media accounts they have used in the past five years" beginning on May 31. Read more


Another visa denial — this time for Palestinian politician and negotiator Hanan Ashrawi — is raising concerns. Read more


New York University faces tough questions from its faculty and student newspaper about its UAE Abu Dhabi satellite campus. Read more


Last week, Omar Barghouti was stopped from entering the U.S., where he was scheduled to make several speaking appearances at U.S. campuses. Read more


Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Steven Cook expressed disappointment over the cancellation of a planned event at Columbia University. Read more


Last week, Human Rights Watch raised concerns about alleged efforts by the Chinese government to influence or censor debate on campuses around the world. Read more


In reports last week, two U.S. government bodies voiced concerns about the presence of Confucius Institutes on American campuses. Read more


Often, universities will argue that their reasons for censorship have been misunderstood. Georgetown University-Qatar chose a different path. Read more


In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State, FIRE, EFF, PEN America, NCAC, and Defending Rights & Dissent raised concerns about vetting of Chinese students. Read more


Earlier this month, the UC Davis sent a warning to some of its students cautioning about surveillance of messaging apps and political speech in China. Read more


A recent report reveals an attempt by Pakistan’s government to use its restrictions on “hate speech” to pressure Google to censor a faculty petition. Read more


A doctoral student researching national security in the UAE was accused of spying on behalf of the UK, and reportedly denied access to an attorney. Read more


The 200-plus academics who signed the petition accusing some UK universities of “put profit before human rights” have struck a victory. Read more


This week, Scholars at Risk released Free to Think 2018, its fourth report in an annual series addressing threats faced by academics around the world. Read more


A debate suggesting “major religions should portray God as a woman” faced blowback at Georgetown's Qatar campus, and was subsequently cancelled. Read more


A new report addresses how U.S. universities have handled demands that they censor content deemed “sensitive” by China. Read more


Over 200 academics in the UK signed on to a statement questioning the wisdom of opening satellite campuses in Egypt. Read more


A controversy could lead to a positive outcome at the University of Western Australia: adoption of the Chicago Statement. Read more



Over the past few months, the limits of students’ free speech rights have been at the center of debate in Hong Kong. Read more


American universities abroad should ensure that the same speech protections they guarantee on U.S. soil apply on their foreign campuses. Read more


Cambridge University Press fails in the face of censorship demands from China Read more