International Research Support & Guidance
International scholars and scholarship enrich all aspects of our academic enterprise; and international exchange, collaboration, and travel are key to our staying at the leading edge of knowledge. University of Minnesota Regents Policy directs that “The University has a responsibility to ensure, to the extent possible, respectful and ethical engagement with people, places, and ideas around the globe.”
To support these engagements and our culture of academic freedom and ethics, the University provides a variety of resources relating to research integrity and transparency, disclosure and management of potential conflicts, hosting non-US students and scholars, travel abroad, developing international agreements, and compliance with trade controls.
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In the News
This significant amendment to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) is designed to impede China’s military by preventing access to certain semiconductor, advanced computing, and supercomputing technologies and capabilities. While the new requirements appear to be directed at industry, there could be implications for US-China academic collaborations in this field. This is due to a section of the rule stating that US persons must acquire a BIS license in order to “support” certain activities relating to the development or fabrication of certain semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) in China. “Support” includes shipping, transmitting, or transferring even items that are not subject to the EAR. The rationale for this decision is the growing difficulty in distinguishing between military and non-military end users in China due to the government's Military-Civil Fusion strategy. Please reach out to the Export Controls Office with any questions.
Matthew Axelrod, the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, released a memo outlining the new Academic Outreach Initiative that is aimed at helping academic research environments guard against the unauthorized foreign acquisition of information. The initiative will prioritize academic research institutions with the highest risk profiles and assign outreach agents that act as point of contacts for those institutions. These outreach agents will help institutions conduct background briefings on foreign partnerships and will conduct trainings that cover the effect of export controls in academic settings. This initiative comes in the wake of a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which stated that export enforcement agencies should take a more rigorous and systematic approach with risk assessments and outreach to universities.