The California State University Suspends its Student Program in Beijing, China(April 18, 2003) -- The California State University today announced the suspension of its International Study Abroad Program at Peking University in Beijing, China, because of the continuing concerns about the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The CSU has asked students to leave as quickly as possible but no later than April 25.
Currently, there are eight students and one faculty member at Peking University. The students are from four CSU campuses: San Jose, San Francisco, Northridge and Sacramento. The faculty member is from Humboldt.
The students are there as Wang Family Scholars. Former CSU Trustee Stanley Wang created the Wang program for student and faculty study in China and Taiwan. In November 2000 Wang gave the CSU Chancellor's Office $1.2 million to provide, over a 10-year period, scholarships for 200 students and stipends for 40 faculty members. The current students are the first Wang Scholars.
No CSU students have been diagnosed with SARS.
"We are suspending the program because of our concern for the safety and health of our students and their potential exposure to SARS that is continuing to spread in certain areas of Asia," said Leo Van Cleve, CSU director of International Programs. "We will make every effort to insure that students receive as much academic credit as possible for their completed work so they do not lose their academic standing."
The students have been at Peking University since September 2002.
The CSU will insure that the students do not incur any financial burdens because of the program's suspension. In addition, students will be assisted with travel plans.
The CSU is continuing to monitor other international education programs, and is in daily contact with program administrators in various countries. The CSU does have two students in Taiwan, also Wang Scholars, but at this point is not suspending that program but will continually assess it, Van Cleve said.
There are about 600 CSU students in 16 countries as part of the CSU system's International Study Abroad Program. There are hundreds of other CSU students and faculty members studying abroad through campus-based programs.
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Last Updated: 18 April 2003