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U.S. visa services must re-open and prioritize international students

(05/27/21 4:00am)

Kaijie Zhang, a first-semester student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, passed away this February when he was studying remotely from his home in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. Media outlets in China reported that his death was likely caused by “the irregular routine." Indeed, with the 12-hour difference between New York and Beijing, students in China often stay up unreasonably late for synchronous “afternoon” seminars that count “attendance” as part of the grade.







Duke updates 'Duke-supported' domestic and international student travel guidelines

(05/26/21 6:22pm)

Duke will continue to suspend Duke-supported international travel unless considered “essential” and consider requests for domestic travel that is “necessary and reasonable,” according to a Wednesday email to undergraduate, graduate and professional students from Gary Bennett, vice provost of undergraduate education and Mary Pat McMahon, vice provost of student affairs.











‘Our time is finite’: Pratt Dean Ravi Bellamkonda talks success, the undergraduate experience and living a good life

(05/24/21 3:29am)

When Ravi Bellamkonda moved from India to the United States on Aug. 26, 1989, he had only $800 with him. Bellamkonda, who is currently Vinik dean of the Pratt School of Engineering, had received a full-ride scholarship to pursue his doctorate at Brown University, but he wouldn’t start receiving funds for another six weeks.