Harvard University Moves Chinese Language Program From Beijing to Taiwan

A view of the campus of Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 8, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A view of the campus of Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 8, 2020. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Harvard University summer Chinese immersion courses that had been taught at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) will be now held at the Taiwan University as of next Summer.

Professor Jennifer L. Liu, director of the Chinese language program at Harvard, said the program decided to move to Taipei due to an apparent lack of friendliness from the Beijing host institution, reported The Harvard Crimson.

According to the report, the BLCU has added restrictions on visiting American students and there had been a deterioration of accommodation conditions for students, resulting in Harvard moving the program to Taiwan and cooperating with the National Taiwan University.

Liu said that in recent years, she has often encountered difficulties in obtaining classrooms and dormitories for students.

The professor added that she suspects the Beijing university’s change of manners may be a result of the Chinese regime’s altering attitude towards the United States. Tensions between the two countries have intensified in recent years.

As U.S. Independence Day happens to be during the course, Harvard students in Beijing used to hold a small party where they and their teachers would eat pizza and sing the American national anthem to celebrate. However, starting in 2019, “We were told that our students we’re not allowed to sing, to celebrate,” Liu said.

BLCU did not respond to the Chinese language Epoch Times’ request for comment.

Liu confirmed the name change of the summer program from “Harvard Beijing Academy” to “Harvard Taipei Academy”.

She said she believes the combination of the traditional and the modern makes Taiwan an exciting place to learn the Chinese language and culture.

“No matter where the program is located, we are very confident that they will get the most out of it,” she said.

The summer program takes place from June to August each year, with about 80 students, completing a full year of Chinese study within a few weeks.

Chen Ting contributed to the report.

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