Taiwan education minister: academic freedom should be kept intact during cross-strait exchanges

Pan promised to launch a review and to address the oversight

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/02
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Shih Hsin University was recently lambasted for its infringement of academic freedom by signing letters of commitment with some Chinese academic institutions in which the school agreed to avoid any politically sensitive issues or activities in textbooks or classes in exchange for a partnership with certain Chinese schools on the student exchange program.

Taiwan education minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said Thursday that such agreements violate stipulations of Article 33-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

Shih Hsin’s lifelong learning center reportedly signed a controversial agreement on December 20, 2016, in exchange for 11 Chinese students to study at the school between February and June of this year. With that, the school is asked to keep students from any politically-sensitive courses and activities, in particular subject matter related to the One China, one Taiwan policy, the two-China policy and Independence of Taiwan, Liberty Times reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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