Will US Restrictions on Russia Hurt Academic Exchange?

Supporters of international education say losing those students would end a chance for them to learn Western ideals. They say Russians who study in America are already more likely to want changes back home.

Jill Welch is a senior adviser for a group of university presidents called the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. “Leaders need to make a distinction between Putin and Russian people who want a better life,” she said, mentioning Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Sending anyone back wouldn’t shorten the war by a day.”

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