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The US remains the world’s leading study destination and it is as yet uncertain how significant a role the election results will play on its attractiveness as a study destination
Donald J. Trump thwarted the projections of pollsters and analysts late last night with a stunning victory that saw him elected the 45th President of the United States.
In the hours since, world reaction has been pouring in and there is plenty of shock and concern to go around. “The world gasped in collective disbelief on Wednesday following the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential race, with apprehensive allies seeking to put a brave face on a result they had dreaded and American adversaries exulting in an outcome they see as a potential turning point in global affairs,” said an early item from The Washington Post.
sample of international student commentary retrieved from Twitter on 9 November 2016.
International educators are well aware of this possibility, and interedge.org Co-Founder Dr Rahul Choudaha offered the following observation by email late Tuesday night: “One of the core values of international education is about celebrating diversity and learning from differences. Trump’s viewpoints are insular and not in line with the values of international education. It is likely that the future policies will start looking inward and slow down international education exchanges and student mobility.”
“College application deadlines for fall 2017 admissions are fast approaching and these election results will give an unwelcoming message to international students,” he added, in observing how a Trump victory may be seen by prospective students. “It would hurt the attractiveness of the US as the most-preferred destination of choice. Recruitment and admissions professionals will have a hard time making a case for the US.”
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