Universities Round the World Fail to Stand up to China: Report…

The headquarters of the Confucius Institute in Beijing is shown in a file photo.

Universities and colleges around the world are “unprepared” to deal with threats to freedom of speech on campus and academic freedom among their scholars as a result of political pressure from Beijing, a New York-based rights group said on Friday.

“Institutions of higher learning around the world should resist the Chinese government’s efforts to undermine academic freedom abroad,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

“Few have moved to protect academic freedom against longstanding problems, such as visa bans on scholars working on China or surveillance and self-censorship on their campuses,” it said.

“Many colleges and universities around the world with ties to the Chinese government, or with large student populations from China, are unprepared to address threats to academic freedom in a systematic way,” the group warned.

Full story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/universities-08072020130121.html

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