According to some posts posted on the U.S. Internet, the University of North Texas did not inform students of the decision in advance or give a reason why it did so.
Petition information websites in the United Statesu201c Change.org u201dOn August 26, the University of North Texas suddenly announced that it had suspended the study qualifications of visiting students and scholars funded by the State Council for study abroad on August 26, but the university has not disclosed the reasons for this.
(screenshot from change.org Post for the help of Chinese government students at the University of North Texas)
Chinas novel coronavirus pneumonia has also caused heavy inconvenience to the affected Chinese public students and scholars, forcing them to desperately search for new crown pneumonia while returning to China, and face the price of soaring air tickets with limited numbers of tickets, which are being hit by the outbreak. As the unfinished visiting projects of these Chinese government students are interrupted, whether they can complete their studies and graduate has become a problem. By the time of publication, the post had received at least 3239 signatures, and there were also staff from the school who supported students and criticized the schools practices.
Among them, a professor who is directly involved in the schools Chinese public Student Scholar Program left a message in the above-mentioned help post, saying that the schools approach to these Chinese students and scholars is unfair because he has not heard of any specific charges against any of the Chinese public students and scholars at the University of North Texas. So he couldnt understand why the school had to drive out all the Chinese government-sponsored students and scholars all at once.
As of press time, the University of North Texas has not given any response or explanation on the decision announced last Wednesday to drive away Chinese government students and scholars.
U.S. Secretary of state pompeio revealed in an interview with a radio station in the Washington area on the 31st that President trump is assessing whether to further restrict Chinese students visa to the United States and may take new measures in the coming weeks or months.
Pompeio said in an interview with US media on the 31st that trump was evaluating Chinese student visa in order to prevent China from further stealing American data. The WMAL anchor of Washington area radio even asked why not ban all Chinese students visa to prevent us information from being stolen more effectively. Pompeio responded that not every Chinese student works for the government, but trump is taking the issue seriously and will take action in the coming weeks or months. In May, the trump administration announced that Chinese graduate students associated with the Chinese military were prohibited from entering the United States on student visa.
Just last week, Guan Lei, a Chinese researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, was arrested and charged on suspicion of damaging evidence to obstruct an FBI investigation. In addition, another Chinese researcher in Virginia, Haizhou Hu, was also arrested on the same day. U.S. media said he tried to travel to China from an airport in Chicago on the 25th, but was found carrying unauthorized research code during routine inspection. Pompeio said in an interview with US media on the 31st that no US government has taken such incidents more seriously than the trump government. The U.S. Department of justice and the FBI are working closely to ensure that the United States protects some data from theft.
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At a regular press conference held by the Ministry of foreign affairs yesterday, a reporter asked: Recently, the US media reported that the Chinese army has sent overseas students to study in the United States to conceal their military identity, and many people have been arrested for visa fraud since this year. The Chinese Embassy and consulate in the United States helped the above-mentioned personnel evade the judicial investigation in the United States and assisted them to return home. The Chinese Consulate General in Houston was asked to close down in connection with this. What is Chinas comment on this?
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin previously said that in order to discredit and crack down on China, the US law enforcement departments have been constantly hyping the so-called China infiltration and China spy problem in recent years, which has reached the point of being attacked by both sides. In the era of globalization, the transnational flow of talents has promoted the progress of technology and economy worldwide. It is hoped that the US side will listen to the rational and objective opinions of people in the US scientific and technological circles, respect the facts, comply with the general law of international scientific and technological cooperation and the trend of the times, and do more things conducive to Sino US scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation, rather than the opposite.
The U.S. State Department announced that the Confucius Institute American Center is required to be registered as a foreign mission
Since August, the trump administration has made repeated efforts in the field of cultural exchanges between China and the United States. On August 13, the U.S. State Department announced that it would require the U.S. Confucius Institute Center to be registered as a foreign mission.. Pompeio said in a statement that the US Center of Confucius Institute in Washington is an entity that promotes Beijings global advocacy and malicious influence activities on American campuses and primary and secondary schools..
On the same day of pompeios statement, the Confucius Institutes US Center sent a response saying: our office is not connected to the university campus, nor is it involved in any Confucius Institute curriculum, employment or funding matters. The Confucius Institute American Center has no influence on how universities operate and manage their own Confucius Institute language courses, let alone harmful effects.
Since 2009, China has been the largest source of international students for American schools. However, starting this year, many restrictions and nuisances imposed by the U.S. government on Chinese students will deter more Chinese students who want to study in the United States.
Zanxi Duan, a Chinese University graduate from Zhejiang Province, said in an interview with the South China Morning Post that although she had received the admission notice of Cornell University for masters degree, she applied to several European universities in a hurry at the end of April. In addition to the new coronation epidemic, President Trumps series of unfriendly policies against international students, and the current security situation affected by the black lives are important movement - all of which make me uneasy, she said
The United States attracts more than one million international students every year, one third of whom come from China. The loss of Chinese students will undoubtedly bring huge economic losses to American universities. In the 2018-2019 academic year, international students contributed about $41 billion to the U.S. economy and created more than 458000 jobs. Over the past five years, however, the number of American students has declined, turning to countries with more liberal immigration policies and cheaper tuition fees. The U.S. board of education, which represents 1700 universities and education related associations, said in a letter to the house of representatives that the enrollment rate of international students is expected to drop by 25% in the next academic year, which will lead to a loss of $23 billion in college income.
With the relatively slow down of the epidemic situation in European countries, the popularity of application for studying abroad in European countries has risen against the trend. According to the UK undergraduate application data 2020 released by the UK University Admissions Service, as of June 30 this year, the number of Chinese students applying for undergraduate courses in the UK has increased by 23% over the same period last year to 24000.
According to CCTV news, affected by the new crown epidemic, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and even Belgium, Switzerland and other countries have become more and more popular choices for many students in recent years.