62 universities in the U.S. are fighting back against a proposal that would further limit international students being able to do certain kinds of research.
The U.S. State Department shared a new proposal that would further limit the ability for international students to do research on certain projects, as well as being able to take classes that would allow them to see certain kinds of information vital to national security.
Currently, if international students want to work on technical research they must apply for a certificate first. But this new proposal was brought by Barack Obama’s administration considering the growing concerns of national security and the rise of theft of intellectual property.
What kind of research would be limited? Anything related to:
- Defense technology
- munitions (military weapons)
- nuclear engineering
- satellite technology
Many of these projects are sponsored by companies. If this new proposal goes into affect, it will drastically reduce the number of research opportunities for international students.
The Association of American Universities (AAU) represents the leading 62 research universities in the country. In a letter written to the State Department, these universities said such a proposal would limit academic freedom.
In argument, the FBI said that universities provide too much openness to information where predators can take advantage. In 2015, the FBI stated it investigated an increase of 53 percent of intellectual property theft cases. The biggest offenders are mostly likely from China.
We’ll be sure to share any updates when they are available.