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AAU President Comments on Report Indicating Shortened Visa Lengths for Chinese Students

Following is a statement by AAU President Mary Sue Coleman on a May 29 Associated Press report indicating the U.S. will impose limits on certain Chinese visas:

We share the administration’s goal of protecting our nation’s national and economic security. However, we must ensure that any changes to our visa system don’t negatively impact our ability to continue to research and develop the cures and technologies that drive our economy.

For generations, America has attracted and benefited from the world’s best and brightest, who have helped the U.S. build its global technological and economic dominance. We are fully committed to working with the administration to protect our national interests and grow our economy.

Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities comprises 62 distinguished institutions that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery.

Our universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for academic research, are improving human life and wellbeing through research, and are educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens.

AAU members collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of research universities to society.