川普竞选言论恐影响美大学招收国际学生

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年1月1日 作者:迪亚洛(Mariama Diallo)

美国普林斯顿大学毕业生的亲友欢迎他们(2012年6月5日)
美国普林斯顿大学毕业生的亲友欢迎他们(2012年6月5日)

过去一年里美国大学里的国际学生首次超过100万人。但是一些教育工作者和学生说,当选总统川普在竞选期间批评中国和其他一些国家的言论有可能影响美国大学招收国际学生。

当选总统川普就移民和签证发表的竞选言论吸引了在美外国留学生以及希望前来美国读书的学生的注意。纽约州立大学布法罗分校有6000名在读外国留学生,中国留学生Erica·王是其中之一。

纽约州立大学布法罗分校中国留学生Erica·王:“我还在观察,他是否会做他许诺要做的事情,他可能做出的政策改变是否会影响我们,因为我听到,我的朋友对此感到十分惊恐。”

纽约州立大学布法罗分校副校长斯蒂芬·唐奈特通过视频说,竞选言论可以不同于政府的实际政策。不过,刚刚从中国回到美国的唐奈特说,很多中国人在谈论川普与台湾领导人最近的电话通话。

纽约州立大学布法罗分校副校长唐奈特:“突然放弃一个中国政策显然令中国人感到吃惊。一些人对我说,会有人为此付出代价的,我们中国有很多人在你们美国大学学习,那是一笔从中国流出的巨大资产,如果你们不欢迎我们,也许,我们的学生就不应该去那里。”

艾芙琳·莱文森是美利坚大学国际招生办公室主任。她说,为了确保生源,招生办工作人员再次强调该大学的宽容宗旨。

美利坚大学国际招生办主任莱文森:“现在还无法预测未来,但显然这引发很多问题。2016年秋天,我们到欧洲城市招生。我去了中东和中美洲,我的招生办同事去了香港和新加坡。”

国际教育研究所说,在美国国际学生中,中国留学生人数最多,其次是印度和沙特阿拉伯。

国际教育研究所所长艾伦·古德曼说,他认为选举结果不会影响国际招生。根据该研究所的数据显示,除了911袭击后出现两年的下跌之外,近100年来没有什么重大变化。

国际教育研究所所长艾伦·古德曼:“在孤立主义被宣布为美国外交政策的时期,在经济不景气和衰退时期,在战争与冲突时期,我们一直在观察。”

古德曼说,由于美国高等教育由各个州来运作,因此与各个院校如何接触学生的政策相比,联邦政策关系并不大。

Will Trump's Anti-immigrant Rhetoric Discourage Foreign Students?

For the first time, the number of international students in the United States topped 1 million over the past year, according to a report by the Institute for International Education (IEE). But some educators and students say comments critical of China and other countries by President-elect Donald Trump have the potential to affect international enrollment in U.S. universities and colleges.

Comments made during campaign speeches — such as “we're going to build a wall, it's going to be a real wall,” and “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” — got a lot of attention from foreign students in the U.S., as well as international students thinking about attending U.S. colleges.

Erica Wang is one of 6,000 Asian students at the State University of New York at Buffalo. A second-year master's degree student in international trade, she says the concept of freedom is what attracted her to the U.S — an educational system that is open, encouraging and helpful to students choosing their own paths.

But now she is a bit worried.

“I've heard a lot about what he [Trump] said when he was running for office,” Wang told VOA. “I would still be looking to see if he is going to do whatever he promised. Are his potential policy changes going to affect us? Because I have heard a lot of panicking among my friends, definitely.”

Stephen Dunnett, the university's vice provost, says campaign rhetoric can be different than actual government policy.

“This is a country of laws, checks and balances, so the president of the United States is not a dictator, not a king," he told VOA. "Some things he can decree, but many things will have to pass the Congress and some will pass the scrutiny of the courts.”

However, Dunnett, who just returned from China, says the recent call between Trump and the leader of Taiwan had many in China talking.

“The Chinese were quite taken aback by what appears to them to be the sudden abandonment of the ‘one China’ policy,” he said. “Some colleagues said to me, 'This will come at a price. There are an awful lot of our citizens studying in your universities. That's a huge capital outflow from our country, and if you are not going to be welcoming to us, then maybe our students shouldn't go there.' "

No U.S. president or president-elect had made direct contact with Taiwan since President Jimmy Carter cut formal diplomatic ties in 1979, recognizing Taiwan as part of “one China.”

In a Twitter post, Trump insisted he didn't initiate the call with the Taiwanese leader.

China sends more students to the U.S. than any other country. IIE reports there were 329,000 Chinese students in 2015-16, followed by almost 166,000 Indian students and 62,000 students from Saudi Arabia.

Other top places of origin include Vietnam, Taiwan, Iran, United Kingdom, Nepal, Nigeria, Kuwait, France, Indonesia, Venezuela, Malaysia, Colombia and Spain.

Evelyn Levinson is the director of international admissions at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., which has about 1,500 international students from 147 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

“There is no crystal ball right now to say what will happen, but certainly a lot of questions were raised,” she said.

In the meantime, AU has been working hard to continue to attract international students. The admissions staff has reinforced the school's message of tolerance to reassure potential applicants and their parents. And they have been traveling.

“This fall, we went back out to cities in Europe,” Levinson said. “I personally was in the Middle East and in Central America, and someone else from our office was in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“Right now, we are only off by 2 percent compared to last year, but I am confident the audience that has been interested in us is not going to wane.” She added that after the admissions deadline, January 10, “we'll have a better sense, but I'm not feeling any drastic changes.”

Besides paying tuition, international students participate in local and state economies in many ways by paying rent, paying bills and shopping where they live, Levinson noted. But in a global world, more than money, she says, they bring valuable international perspectives into U.S. classrooms.

During the campaign, Trump promised to curtail or end the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers, which might discourage international student enrollment because it would be harder for students to find jobs in the U.S. after graduation.

“When you are thinking about your home and your possible future home in the U.S, it's not very certain anymore,” said Joshua Ong, an economics student from Malaysia at the University at Buffalo. But Ong encourages people to study in America because the “U.S. is a lot of fun.”

IIE President Allan Goodman says he doesn't think international student enrollment will ultimately be affected. Nearly 100 years of data collection by the institute has shown no major changes, just a small drop for two years after the 9/11 terror attacks.

“The trend in our experience through very difficult periods suggests that higher education sets its own foreign policy,” Goodman told VOA, “and it's not a foreign policy of isolationism.

“We've looked at it through periods of recession and depression … war and conflict.”

In 2005-06, 143 colleges and universities accepted 1,000 or more international students. In 2015-16, IIE reports, that number has increased to 255 institutions.

Goodman says people are coming to the U.S. because of the long tradition the country has in welcoming international students and because Washington doesn't run the country's higher education. What matters, he says, is what the individual campuses are doing during their outreach.