University of Technology Sydney staff refuse China's demand for passport numbers

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Ministry of Education sought personal details including dates of birth from academics teaching Chinese-Australian course

Academics at the University of Technology Sydney have refused a demand from the Chinese Ministry of Education for their passport numbers and dates of birth, in order to be able to continue to teach a joint Chinese-Australian course in Sydney.

Twenty-one UTS academic staff were told they were required to disclose their passport numbers and dates of birth as part of a Chinese government review of a biotechnology course run jointly by UTS and the Hebei Normal University (HNU), near Beijing in northern China.

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