October 12, 2021: What is “foreign influence,” and how does it affect our international students, scholars, and collaborations?

What is “foreign influence,” and how does it affect our international students, scholars, and programs?

Event Details

October 12, 2021 | 12:30 - 2pm | Zoom

This session is open to UC Berkeley faculty and staff only.


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Berkeley International Group (BIG)

BIG is composed of UC Berkeley faculty and staff who are invited to meet monthly to collaborate and participate in discussions related to the international work we do across UC Berkeley.  Our goals are to:

  • Bring together staff and faculty with similar professional interests in international education, and serve as a community to share knowledge about Berkeley’s international activities.
  • Foster connections among UC Berkeley’s international education stakeholders, strengthening cross-unit collaboration and providing a space to share best practices, innovations, and challenges across a decentralized space.
  • Provide a space for staff and faculty to connect around Berkeley’s international programs and topics of interest – providing a space for staff at all levels (from entry level through senior administration) to connect.

Event Summary:

UC Berkeley’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research is built, in part, on its long tradition of robust international engagement. In recent years, federal agencies and Congress have increasingly scrutinized international engagement in US higher education. Their concern is called foreign influence: the idea that international institutions or individuals may be using access to academic research in an attempt to compromise the United States’ economic competitiveness and national security.

Please join the Berkeley International Group (BIG) on October 12, 2021 to learn more about the federal government’s increased focus on foreign involvement in academia, and how this focus impacts Berkeley's international activities.

  • What is the history and context of foreign influence in higher education?

  • What are the Biden Administration’s priorities in international education and how do they affect UC Berkeley?

  • How does this issue impact international partnerships and collaboration, international students and scholars, and the campus climate at UC Berkeley?

  • How do the University of California and UC Berkeley approach foreign influence, comply with federal regulations, and advocate around this topic? 

This session is designed for staff working in international operations, which may include student advising, international exchanges, international partnerships, international recruitment, visiting scholar programs, and other similar roles. 

This event has passed. UC Berkeley faculty and staff can access the event recording here.


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