FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Hanan Eisenman (510) 587-6194
CITING SAFETY CONCERNS, UC RECALLS STUDENTS STUDYING IN
In view of the dramatically escalating violence in the Middle
East, and with the personal safety of its students as the
number-one concern, the University of California announced
today (Tuesday, April 2) that it is recalling to the United
States its Education Abroad Program students currently studying
UC's decision affects 27 students enrolled in programs in
Israel. UC is assisting these students in a number of ways,
including arranging for their safe and speedy return to the
United States and exploring opportunities for independent
study for the remainder of the academic term. Another 28 students
who started the academic year had already voluntarily decided
to leave the program.
In addition, the university is placing its fall 2002 academic
program in Israel on hold, pending a re-evaluation of security
in Israel at a later date.
UC officials stressed that the University of California will
not abandon its Israel programs; it will leave in place its
infrastructure and staff, including its program directors,
to prepare for the eventual return of UC students to Israel.
Such actions are not without precedent. In recent years,
UC temporarily halted its Education Abroad Program activities
in China following the Tiananmen Square massacre, in the Middle
East during the Gulf War, and in Indonesia during civil uprisings.
Most recently, the university did not permit students in its
India programs at Delhi and Hyderabad to extend their studies
into this year's spring term because of the military buildup
and increasing hostilities between India and Pakistan.
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