National Scholarship Council: Tighter student visas hinder international academic exchanges

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education issued the No. 1 warning for studying abroad in 2019. In response, Sheng Jianxue, secretary general of the China Scholarship Council, said in an interview with reporters: In the context of higher education internationalization, the United States has tightened the visa policy for Chinese students in the name of national security and has done everything possible to hinder normal education between China and the United States. Exchanges and personnel exchanges are not conducive to exchanges and exchanges between Chinese and American countries and peoples. International cooperation is the key to the continuous promotion of knowledge progress and innovation. Normal international academic exchanges are indispensable, and cooperation contributions can create our world. A better future.

Jiansheng Xue said that recently, in the context of Sino-US trade friction, Sino-US relations have encountered some bumps and twists and turns, and Sino-US educational exchanges have also been affected.

According to the statistics of the National Study Foundation, in 2018, I plan to send 10,313 people to study in the US, of which 331 were unable to go to the US due to visa issues, accounting for 3.2% of the plan s dispatch . From January to March 2019, China plans to send to the public There were 1,353 students studying in the United States, but 182 failed to make a trip due to visa issues, accounting for 13.5% of the planned number of dispatched students. Since 2018 , the United States has revoked or re-examined Chinese visas to the United States on the grounds of anti-espionage, which has spread from natural sciences to social sciences. Recently, the United States has also cancelled a group of Chinese scholars engaged in Sino -US relations to study in the United States for ten years.

Some US departments and institutions have impeded barriers to normal Sino-US cultural and educational exchanges and restrictions on exchanges between Chinese and American students and scholars, which has aroused widespread concern in the academic and social circles in China and the United States. Since 2018 , The United States has gradually tightened background checks on visa applications for Chinese students studying in the United States. It has also imposed many restrictions on the acceptance of Chinese students by American educational and research institutions, which has caused some students who have obtained public study qualifications to fail to obtain visas to the United States. Sent as originally planned. Since this year, the United States has further tightened its visa policy, and overseas students will face increasingly harsh visa applications to the United States and increasingly severe visa examinations and immigration checks. Sheng Jianxue said.

Jiansheng Jian said that recently, Yale University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of Michigan and other well-known universities in the United States have voiced their voices in support of open education and international exchanges. The president of Yale University emphasized that openness is the key to the outstanding achievements of America ​​s top research universities, and it must always be a hallmark of Yale University.

We always support educational exchanges and cooperation, and hope that China-US educational exchanges can achieve positive results. To this end, we will continue to do good student-scholar exchange programs between the US and China, and continue to implement scholarships established in cooperation with top American universities. Promoting understanding through exchanges and development through education. Personnel exchanges are the basis for promoting exchanges and cooperation in various fields between China and the United States. China and the United States should take more proactive measures to make personnel exchanges between the two countries more convenient, and for the two countries Field exchanges and cooperation create better conditions. Sheng Jian said. Back to Sohu, see more

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