A Sydney university has recommended staff self-censor teaching material to keep students in China enrolled during the pandemic.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) conducted a working group in February to discuss how to keep Chinese international students enrolled by teaching them online.

An internal university memo obtained by the ABC highlighted concerns the Chinese Government may “turn off” all communication from the university over any teaching material that may be seen as politically sensitive.

The university’s working group recommended teaching material avoid any mention of topics which may be politically inaccurate, citing territories of China as one example.

UTS said there have been no issues with teaching students online so far.

A UTS spokesman said while the memo recommended staff to avoid contentious issues, the policy was not officially endorsed.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-15/university-of-technology-sydney-censors-to-keep-chinese-students/12662982