Taipei--Academic freedom is a constitutionally protected right that cannot be constricted or violated for any reason, a Presidential Office spokesman said Friday, in the wake of reports that several Taiwanese universities have signed pledges promising to abide by the "one China" principle, at the request of the Chinese side.
The government will ensure that the people's rights are not jeopardized, Alex Huang (???) said.
The issue first came to the forefront a day earlier when Shih Hsin University's School of Lifelong Learning was reported to have signed a pledge in December with several Chinese universities that the classes it offers will not involve politically sensitive activities or activities related to "one China, one Taiwan," "two Chinas" or "Taiwan independence," as it welcomed 11 Chinese students to study there from February to June this year.
The Ministry of Education said that an investigation has found that five other universities in Taiwan have signed similar pledges.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel