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The Bulletin

The Scientist and the Spy: New Book Reveals FBI Program in the 1960s and 70s That Surveilled Chinese Students and Scientists

The Scientist and the Spy, a new book that will be released in early February, follows the history of theft of science and trade secrets by Chinese nationals. In the course of the book, author Mara Hvistendahl reveals an FBI program that surveilled an estimated 4,000 Chinese students and researchers in the United States. The former program tracked the students and scientists starting in 1967 and at least through the 1970s. Read more in Axios.

The Most Popular Stories of 2019

Every week, a selection of news stories from across the field of international education and global higher education are included in NAFSA's weekly member newsletter, These are the international education news stories that NAFSA members were most interested in in 2019.

  1. Five California residents arrested in cheating scheme to obtain student visas for Chinese nationals
    Los Angeles Times
  2. U.S. News & World Report Introduces Study Abroad Ranking
    U.S. News & World Report
  3. Colleges find workaround for international students affected by visa delays
    Education Dive
  4. US: Fake ‘uni’ sting could harm int’l numbers
    The PIE News
  5. US: OPT program challenged in court
    The PIE News
  6. US Dept. of State begins vetting student visa applicants’ social media
    The PIE News
  7. US universities sympathise with controversial student visa sting
    Times Higher Education
  8. US: Chinese students trapped in visa limbo as applications delayed
    The PIE News
  9. The International Student Slump Isn’t Just About Trump
    Bloomberg Opinion
  10. How International Education’s Golden Age Lost Its Sheen
    The Chronicle of Higher Education
10 Higher Ed. Predictions for a New Decade

A recent piece from Inside Higher Ed explores 10 trends that may shape higher education in the 2020s. The author discusses the closure of smaller colleges, ballooning higher education costs versus the rate of inflation, the decline of the humanties as a field of study, technological disruption, increasing inequality in student populations, and more.

About International Educator

International Educator is NAFSA’s flagship publication and has been published continually since 1990. As a record of the association and the field of international education, IE includes articles on a variety of topics, trends, and issues facing NAFSA members and their work. 

From in-depth features to interviews with thought leaders and columns tailored to NAFSA’s knowledge communities, IE provides must-read context and analysis to those working around the globe to advance international education and exchange.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA's 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.