Chinese Viruses, Spies and American Universities and $$$


“China sends more international students to the U.S. than any other country…”

Chinese spies are infiltrating US universities as part of the country’s bid to become the dominant global superpower and undermine America’s military, economic and cultural power, FBI Director Chris Wray has warned.”

“In recent years, public universities have been pushing for more international student enrollment.”

“Particularly at public colleges, international enrollment has become a critical source of funding as state budgets tighten. Unlike most students from the U.S., these students must pay the full sticker price for their education.”

International students are welcomed with open arms by most cash-strapped colleges, since they usually pay full tuition and they can provide a healthy dose of international diversity.”

A Growing Foreign Student Population

The number of foreign students attending U.S. colleges and universities has increased drastically over the past decade, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis. From 2008 to 2016, the number of new foreign students with F-1 visas enrolled at public schools increased by 107 percent.

Ten states accounted for nearly two-thirds (63%) of newly enrolled foreign students in 2016: California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

So You Want to Be a Millionaire? Become a University President

Penn State President Eric Barron named third-highest paid public university executive

Barron earned a total compensation of $1,834,364 last year. Data from past years indicate that is the highest salary ever earned by a Penn State president.

Penn State head coach James Franklin made $1.61 million in base salary in 2018, with a total salary of $4.8 million

Student Loan Debt Statistics In 2018: A $1.5 Trillion Crisis

Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan have among the highest student loan debt per capita in the nation.

With 369,000 students from China on U.S. campuses, colleges are monitoring for coronavirus symptoms

By ElisabethBuchwald Published: Jan 30, 2020 10:10 a.m. ET

China sends more international students to the U.S. than any other country, and universities are on alert for symptoms of coronavirus

With five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., universities are ramping up efforts to protect students, faculty and staff from the potentially deadly illness — especially schools that have large populations of students from China.

More international students come to the U.S. from China than from any other country. In the 2018-2019 academic year, there were more than 369,000 students from China studying at U.S. colleges, according to the Institute of International Education.

With large groups of people sharing living spaces, classrooms, libraries and dining halls, colleges face unique challenges in managing contagious illnesses. “Universities are often the most global and we are often on the front lines of these situations,” said Dr. Sarah Van Orman, the associate vice provost for student health at the University of Southern California. The school has 6,626 students from China, the second-largest population of students from China in the U.S., according to the IIE.

California, where two of the five coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the state with the biggest share of students from China at its colleges and universities. Some 42.1% of international students studying there, or 161,693 students, are from China, IIE data shows.

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Chinese spies are infiltrating US universities as part of the country’s bid to become the dominant global superpower and undermine America’s military, economic and cultural power, FBI Director Chris Wray has warned.”

Harvard chemistry department head charged with lying about China ties

Charles Lieber, 60, was paid $50,000 a month and received more than $1.5 million to establish a lab and do research at Wuhan University of Technology, federal prosecutors in Boston said Tuesday. Two Chinese nationals were also charged: a Boston University researcher who prosecutors say was a lieutenant for the People’s Liberation Army…”

Security services fear the march of Beijing’s spies on universities

With 100,000 Chinese students on Britain’s campuses, MI5 and GCHQ warn research and personal freedom are at risk

MI5 and GCHQ have warned universities to put national security before commercial interest as fears grow over state theft of research and intellectual property from campuses.

The agencies are concerned that a reliance on Chinese money and students, particularly postgraduates paying up to £50,000 a year in fees, makes some universities particularly vulnerable.

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