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MIT Offers Harsh Words for Saudi Arabia, but Stops Short of Cutting Financial Ties

By Steven Johnson

Despite pushback from faculty, staff, and students, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will keep its agreements with the kingdom.



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A new paper complicates the evidence on the advantages of taking notes by hand. But there’s more to consider in crafting your electronics policy.

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International Graduate-Student Enrollments and Applications Drop for 2nd Year in a Row

By Lily Jackson

The slump shows that President Trump’s changes in visa policies may have an impact on international applications and first-time enrollments, leading to a troubling downhill trend.

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A funny thing happens when you decide to believe that most students are trustworthy: They mostly prove you right.



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