CHED said – No Chinese students in Cagayan public HEIs

CHED said that “No Chinese students are enrolled in public higher education institutions (HEIs) in Cagayan province” of the Philippines.

CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III - Rappler.com
CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III – Rappler.com

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Remarks by CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III

CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III made the remark in reaction to reports on the alleged influx of Chinese students in Cagayan. Some of which were described as “alarming” amid China’s aggressive acts in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“But there is a significant number of Chinese students enrolled in Saint Paul University Philippines (SPUP) – Tuguegarao City,” De Vera said in a statement.

An article on the Philippine News Agency said, “He said the SPUP, a private school, has the autonomy to accept foreign students from recognized foreign HEIs, including Chinese nationals, in line with its internationalization efforts.”

Foreign Students in Philippines

De Vera said that “The foreign students are attracted by the affordable cost of quality education, the use of English as a medium of instruction, and the globally recognized quality of instruction in such fields as medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, public health, and engineering.”

Baseless Statements

“Private higher education institutions in Cagayan have denied reports on the supposed influx of Chinese students in the province. In a joint statement, the concerned colleges and universities said there are only 486 foreign students at St. Paul University Philippines in Tuguegarao City”, an article on GMA News Online reported.

“Contrary to what is reported by various media agencies, the 4,600 reported enrolled number of students is not only grossly overstated but completely baseless,” they said.

“The current foreign student enrollment at St Paul University Philippines (SPUP) in Tuguegarao City is 486 graduate students as of April 17, 2024, which consists of various nationalities (Americans, Chinese, Indonesians, Japanese, and Vietnamese),” they added.

Response from CHED – Chinese students rumors

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) earlier said there are no Chinese students enrolled in local public colleges and universities in Cagayan. Except for St. Paul University – Tuguegarao, the only school which has the proper authority to accept international students.

According to CHED, it has not received complaints of violation of St. Paul University Philippines. But in case one if filed, CHED said it will forward it to the inter-agency committee for appropriate action.

“On the security aspect, we leave the matter to the expertise of our security agencies to investigate and recommend appropriate actions,” CHED said.

“We will support and attend congressional investigations and other inter-agency meetings concerning these allegations. We welcome and shall cooperate should any investigation be required,” it added.


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