92 foreign students expelled from Wuhan University


Wuhan University has about 3,300 international students from 120 countries and regions.

Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei province, expelled 92 students from more than 10 countries for problems ranging from poor grades to discipline violations and failure to pay tuition fees, Changjiang Daily reported on Monday.

The expulsions followed warnings to the students a year earlier, the report said, quoting a staff member in the admissions office of the universitys School of International Education.

In the past, the university had expelled just one or two overseas students a year, but the number rose this year in response to the Ministry of Educations call to improve standards for overseas students, the staff member was quoted as saying.

The ministry has attached great importance to international students studying in China. In the past we focused on quantity, but now quality is more important, he said.

Wuhan University has about 3,300 international students from 120 countries and regions, majoring in subjects ranging from social science to medicine.

Under university rules, international students who fail to pay tuition fees on time will not be enrolled, and those who miss more than 20 classes can be withdrawn from courses.

In September last year, the ministry specified requirements for overseas students, ordering universities to hold them to the same standards as local students.

As part of the requirements, universities must strictly record attendance and report those who fail to meet the minimum number of classes to education and immigration authorities.

The ministry said in July that China urgently needed to improve standards in the area, with many international students at Chinese universities not making the academic grade.

While most Chinese students heading overseas opt for colleges in Europe, North America or Australia, most students coming into China were from the developing world, according to ministry data.

Last year, nearly 60 per cent of Chinas half a million foreign students were from Asia, while about 16 per cent were from Africa.

The top source of students was South Korea, which last year accounted for more than a tenth of the total, according to the ministry.

The ministry also barred 16 tertiary institutions from enrolling foreign students last year over admissions and visa violations.

A Japanese undergraduate student of Peking University, who requested anonymity, said that he took for granted that universities dismissing students for violated school regulations or laws, or failing class, regardless of where they come from.

The student noted he doesn't think foreign students can be privileged.

Chinese netizens also hailed the move. 

"Whether you are domestic or overseas students, you are supposed to get dismissed if you do not attend classes," a user said on Weibo, calling on other Chinese universities to enhance teaching quality.

Source: https://www.scmp.com

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