Announcement on Adjusting the Special Certification Rules for Cross-Border Distance Diploma Certificates During the Pandemic
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According to relevant national policies, foreign (overseas) academic degree certificates and higher education diplomas obtained through cross-border distance learning are not within the scope of certification of the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (“CSCSE” or “our Center”). After the outbreak of COVID-19, our Center insisted on prioritizing the health and safety of overseas students. For overseas students who were affected by the epidemic pandemic and were forced to choose to take some or all of their courses online, after the degree requirements of the foreign (overseas) universities are met, the degree obtained can be certified under normal practices. At present, most of the world has reopened to international students and foreign (overseas) universities have fully resumed in-person classroom teaching. According to a notice issued by the National Health Commission, China downgraded the management of COVID-19 from Class A to Class B starting from January 8, 2023, from which point and its epidemic pandemic prevention and control work has ever since entered a new stage phase. In order to effectively safeguard the interests of international students and maintain equity in education, our Center hereby decides to cancel the special certification rules during COVID-19. Our Center will no longer provide certification services for foreign (overseas) certificates and diplomas obtained by new students and current students through cross-border distance learning during or after Spring 2023 (Fall 2023 in the southern hemisphere). In case of exceptional circumstances in compliance with law, our Center will evaluate the certification applications on a case-by-case basis.
We hereby notify the above.
The Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange
January 28, 2023