A view of Harvard University’s Harvard Yard, the symbolic heart of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had challenged that decision in court. Photo: AFP A view of Harvard University’s Harvard Yard, the symbolic heart of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had challenged that decision in court. Photo: AFP
A view of Harvard University’s Harvard Yard, the symbolic heart of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had challenged that decision in court. Photo: AFP
Philip J. Cunningham
Opinion

Opinion

Philip J. Cunningham

Trump’s student visa rules have been rescinded, but the damage is done

  • Cultural exchange has long been a core element of US diplomacy, and the business of educating the world is big business
  • The ill-conceived policy ploy to deport students, though reversed, still puts a serious dent in the US’ reputation as a desirable place to study

A view of Harvard University’s Harvard Yard, the symbolic heart of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had challenged that decision in court. Photo: AFP A view of Harvard University’s Harvard Yard, the symbolic heart of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had challenged that decision in court. Photo: AFP
A view of Harvard University’s Harvard Yard, the symbolic heart of the campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Trump administration has walked back a decision to bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had challenged that decision in court. Photo: AFP
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Philip J. Cunningham

Philip J. Cunningham

Philip J. Cunningham has been a regular visitor to China since 1983, working variously as a tour guide, TV producer, freelance writer, independent scholar and teacher. He has conducted media research in China as a Knight Fellow and Fulbright Scholar and was the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. He is the author of Tiananmen Moon, a first-hand account of the 1989 protests in Beijing.