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US college expels 15 visiting Chinese government-backed scholars
Published on: 2020-09-02
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us 03​The University of North Texas (UNT) has terminated an exchange programme consisting of 15 visiting researchers from China who were working at the American university on Chinese government funding, according to local media reports on Monday (Aug 31).
 

The termination, which appears to be the first of its kind of a United States university cutting ties with a Chinese national scholarship fund, effectively ended those researchers' ability to remain in the country.
 

The researchers were notified of the termination last Wednesday in a letter signed by Dr Jennifer Cowley, the university provost and vice-president for academic affairs, and Dr Mark McLellan, vice-president for research and innovation, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

usThe university "has come to a decision to end its relationship with visiting scholars who receive funding from the Chinese Scholarship Council (also known as the Chinese Scholarship Fund)", the letter said. "As a result of this change, access to UNT e-mail, servers and other materials has been terminated."
 

It was not immediately clear why those Chinese researchers were expelled from the university. UNT did not elaborate.

us 02The Trump administration has accused the Chinese government of sending scholars to American academic institutions to steal US intellectual property and advanced technology - accusations that Beijing has denied.
 

Mr Jim Berscheidt, a spokesman for the university, was quoted by local media as saying: "The decision is limited to 15 visiting researchers funded by this particular organisation, and does not impact any student enrolled and studying at the university."
 

突发!北德克萨斯大学突然驱逐所有中国公派留学生,限1个月离境

根据美国北德克萨斯大学的最新消息,学校将驱逐所有受中国国家留学基金委员会资助的公派访问学者和留学生,并限他们在一个月内离境。
 

从一封来自北德克萨斯大学的邮件来看,该校于8月26日决定中止受中国国家留学基金委员会资助的公派访问学生学者的学习资格,同时决定剥夺这些人继续使用学校服务器、电子邮箱等学习资料的权利,仅允许受影响的人返校领取个人物品。
 

这封邮件来自北德克萨斯大学教务长兼学术事务副总裁Jennifer Evans-Cowley和研究与创新副总裁Mark McLellan。
 

这封邮件中还提到,学校已经将此事告知了美国政府签证部门,表示这些中国公派访问学生学者的学习项目已在8月26日结束。
 

根据美国负责签证部门的相关规定,如果学校或企业出于某些理由选择终止你的交流计划……那么你需要尽快离开美国。
 

周一下午,北德克萨斯大学的发言人Jim Berscheidt通过电子邮件回复了相关问题,“这一决定仅限于由该特定组织资助的15名访问研究人员,并不影响在该大学就读和学习的其他学生”。
 

他也强调到,“北德克萨斯大学将继续欢迎包括中国在内的世界各地的访问学者”。
 

目前,尚不清楚在同一时间是否有其他美国大学做出了类似的决定。

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