facade of the university of applied science for finances in nordkirchen germany
Photo by Niklas Jeromin on Pexels.com

Germany's education minister on Saturday called for a revision of student exchange practices with China, citing an increased risk of scientific espionage posed by Chinese students who come to study in Germany on full state scholarships.

"China is becoming more and more competitive and is a systemic rival in the domain of science and research," Bettina Stark-Watzinger said in an interview published on Saturday by the Mediengruppe Bayern.

The minister hailed a decision by the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Bavaria, which regularly partners with German industry in research projects, to no longer accept Chinese students whose sole financing comes from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), which is a state institution.

According to recent reports published in Deutsche Welle and the Correctiv investigative platform, recipients of these scholarships must sign a loyalty oath to the Chinese state or risk legal proceedings.

Register to read the full article.

Register for free for:

  • Access to ten free articles per month
  • Our weekly roundup of top stories
  • Monthly newsletters on topics of your choice

Subscribe for:

  • Unlimited article access each month
  • Crosswords and puzzles on Canadian holidays
  • Full newsletter access