The Diplomat notes that there’s good and bad news when examining the expected resurgence of Chinese students at U.S. universities.
There is a real danger in extreme politicization of a nationality, especially in the current climate of China-U.S. relations. Renewing commitment to academic freedom and the promotion of academic exchange should be an evergreen priority. These travel and visa exemptions should be seen as a welcome step in the right direction, but there are still numerous obstacles – both logistic and political in kind. Though there remains sizable demand from Chinese students seeking an education in U.S. institutions, the combination of logistical hurdles and heightened geopolitical antipathy (and at times hostility) between Beijing and Washington is likely to stymie the return of any semblance of promising people-to-people exchanges.
This example provides an important example of why I’m a firm believer in the idea of higher education being in the lead position in ensuring a global mindset among students (and faculty) as we embrace the idea of a shared future.