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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."




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。



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”。



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