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China allegedly blacklists Canadian university

February 12, 2010

Global Times (People's Republic of China)
February, 9 2010

China's Ministry of Education Monday refused to
immediately comment on media reports of its
decision to remove Canada's University of Calgary
from a list of accredited schools because the
latter bestowed an honorary degree on the Dalai Lama last year.

When contacted by reporters, an official from the
ministry refused to comment immediately, saying
they have to study the case and may reply in three days.

Reporters checked the ministry's website and
confirmed that the University of Calgary, where
more than 600 Chinese students are enrolled, is
no longer on the list of recommended schools.

The Calgary Herald quoted Danna Hou, a
spokeswoman with the Chinese Consulate General in
Calgary, as saying that the removal was not a
sudden decision and was related to an incident last year.

"They know the reason and they (knew of) the
result before it happened," she told the newspaper Thursday.

The Dalai Lama was granted an honorary doctorate
of law degree in September by the University of Calgary, the report said.

In another story published Sunday, the Herald
denounced China as a bully and called the
blacklisting "petty, retaliatory behavior" of a "scurrilous level."

"The University of Calgary has nothing to
apologize for, or to regret," the story said.
"Universities have every right to grant degrees
to whomever they please, and this incident should
deter none of them from continuing that tradition."

The newspaper also hinted that students graduated
from there may face diploma problems in China.

However, an official from the Service Center for
Studying Aboard, a foreign-diploma certification
body under the Chinese Ministry of Education,
told the Global Times that there is no order from
the ministry on stopping the certification of
diplomas from a certain foreign school.

Meanwhile, some netizens, who commented on the
Calgary Herald's website, criticized the university's behavior.

"Tibet is part of China just as Quebec is part of
Canada. There should be no question about this," a netizen wrote.

"By awarding a degree to the Dalai Lama, you are
offending, challenging and insulting China. Yes,
you're a hero, and you do not care how the
Chinese will feel and how the Chinese government
will react. Then do not cry when the Chinese
Ministry of Education just removes you from the
list of recommendations," the netizen added.

Another netizen called "aaronzzt" simply asked,
"Why doesn't the university reward a degree to Osama bin Laden?"

According to the Calgary Herald, the University
of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and
the University of Toronto all have granted the
Dalai Lama honorary degrees. However, reporters
found these schools are still on the list of recommendations.

The newspaper also expressed concern about the
incident's impact on Canada's education income.

The 178,000 foreign students in Canada spent $6.5
billion in 2008, the report cited Canadian government figures as saying.

"Our biggest concern is we don't want to
disadvantage current or prospective students or
our alumni," University of Calgary spokeswoman
Colleen Turner told the newspaper Wednesday.

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