Rising Global Fears of Foreign Interference in Higher Education

  • Kyle A. Long the George Washington University
  • Chief Etheridge the George Washington University
  • Carly O’Connell the George Washington University
  • Kat Hugins the George Washington University
Keywords: Public opinion, malign influence, research theft, propaganda, disinformation, censorship, corruption, philanthropy, branch campus, Confucius Institute, China Initiative

Abstract

This article recognizes growing concern worldwide about the exploitation of higher education actors and institutions by foreign entities for malign purposes. It examines how higher education has become increasingly vulnerable to interference from geopolitical adversaries. The authors highlight recent allegations of espionage, propaganda, and strategic meddling in higher education in various countries before analyzing the validity and implications of these claims. They conclude by proposing solutions to counter undue foreign influence.

Author Biographies

Kyle A. Long, the George Washington University

Kyle A. Long is adjunct assistant professor of international education. Email: kylelong@gwu.edu.

Chief Etheridge, the George Washington University

Chief Etheridge (email: cetheridge@gwu.edu) is a graduate student in the International Education program.

Carly O’Connell, the George Washington University

Carly O’Connell (email: ceoconnell@gwu.edu) is a graduate student in the International Education program.

Kat Hugins, the George Washington University

Kat Hugins is a graduate of the program. Email: khugins@gwu.edu.

Published
2021-07-12
How to Cite
Long, K., Etheridge, C., O’Connell, C., & Hugins, K. (2021). Rising Global Fears of Foreign Interference in Higher Education. International Higher Education, (107), 8-10. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14555
Section
Articles