“一个外国教授的拒信”的真相

作者:汤一枫

注1:网上流传很多年,密歇根大学曾有教授声称中国学生大量退学,该校机械性不会再收中国学生。该作者自称是该系学生,介绍真相并出示系官方辟谣邮件辟谣。共三篇,照录。

注2:这个问题我曾经写过文章,留学生“失信”真相。

第一篇: 最近盛传的一篇“一个外国教授的拒信”
Posted on April 2, 2007 by yifengtang

近来忙得要命,一个多月没来写blog了,在此向大家道歉道歉!!

前几天北航的王同学MSN上给我发了封据说是“一个外国教授的拒信”的片段,里面写道密歇根机械工程系仅去年就有6个中国学生放弃博士学业而在美国找了工作,严重损害了机械系和教授的利益,并使中国学生的声誉扫地,以至于有部分教授和研究组对中国学生概不考虑云云 …
今天在新语丝上看到了这封信的原文,第一印象是英文不很地道,不过密大机械系教授不是美国人的不少,也不算奇怪,但是既然事关本校本系,我忍不住google了一下,结果不多,国内有部分论坛转载了这封没有署名的信,但是有些很有意思的情况:
1. 有个论坛上,机械系被改成了电气工程系;
2. 最早这篇东西出现在2001年11月,后来2006年5月也出现过一次,其他都在今年3月底纷纷由各网站转载

根据我的不完全资料,这封信是伪造的,伪造者动机不明。

明天找管研究生的系主任问问 …
附:信件开头 …
Dear xxx: I would like to inform you of the situation relevant to Chinese graduate
students here, at least at our department, which makes it very difficult for
us to accept graduate students from China in the future.
结尾

I spent time to write this email message, for your information and
considerations, as to how this situation may be somehow alleviated. You may
discuss this with your close friends and classmates, I am not sure you
should broadly propagate this message. But I did present a fact and an
opinion

第二篇:“外国教授的拒信”事件 – 续

Posted on May 5, 2007 by yifengtang

一个月前在网上见到一封号称是密歇根大学机械工程系某教授给中国学生的“拒信”,后来转发给系里,恰值新生录取和期末考试期间,所有人都忙得不可开交,这事一时没啥回音。
[参见: http://thomasmaple.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!6303B696D3E1B974!2070.entry]
昨天,管教务的老师回了我的邮件;然后今天系研究生主任写了封蛮长的邮件来,表明此事纯属子虚乌有,机械系将作出官方回应。

邮件部分原文如下(…表示有删节);由于昨天有人反映我的blog上经常出现写一段中文介绍再贴一大段英文的恶劣行径,于是我决定部分转载,然后翻译成中文:

Dear Yifeng,
汤一枫你好,
… so I have been aware of this ridiculous email and concerned for a while about it –  although not sure about how widely its been circulated.  Now that spring/summer is here (and there is a little bit more free time) – perhaps we can counter this note.
一段时间之前我就看到过这封荒唐的邮件,虽然我不知道邮件的波及范围已经有多大,但我对此很是担心。现在春夏学期开始了,我们也会有多一些的空余时间,或许我们应该回应这个消息了。

Suffice to say as student such as yourself, who has received a fellowship, is proof that we do not discriminate against Chinese students.  This year we admitted many Chinese and Indian students offering them fellowships and GSRA appointments.  I would imagine that
the message below (which apparently is being circulated) is false – but it certainly does not represent the practice in our department.

我们发给(包括你在内的)一些中国学生奖学金,这足以证明我们并没有歧视中国学生。今年我们录取了很多中国和印度来的学生,并提供了奖学金或是实验室助理的职位。我认为那封广为流传的邮件应该是伪造的,和我们系的行为决策完全不符。

My intention is to create a note, with real statistics regarding our admissions of international students and the number of fellowships offered to international students, for the purpose of circulating on these websites.  Perhaps we could also provide a Mandarian version as well …
我目前的想法是起草一封回应邮件,提供我们录取国际学生和发给奖学金的实际数据,并发布在相关的网站上。或许我们还可以将它翻译成中文发表。

Sincerely,
Prof. Grosh
致,礼
格罗什教授

第三篇: “外国教授的拒信”- 尾声
Posted on June 28, 2007 by yifengtang

其实一个多月前密大机械系就有正式官方回应了,可是我都不知道他们贴哪儿了,下面是转载给本系学生的email:

The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan has a long and rich history of admitting and funding PhD students from China. Our PhD program is very selective, as an example, of the 85 international students offered admission into our program for Fall of 2007, 32 are from China and of those 32 fully 1/2 (or 16 applicants) have either been offered a fellowship or a research assistantship position. We look to strengthen our relationship with Chinese Universities. For further evidence of our commitment one need look no further than Mechanical Engineering Professor Jun Ni who is the first Dean of the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.
大意:密大机械系一直都录取中国博士学生的,去年一共85个国际学生,有32个中国博士生,给16个发了奖学金或是研究助理职位。同时也加强和中国大学的合作,倪军教授出任密歇根-上海交大联合学院院长就是明证。

Excellent Chinese students are key members of our Graduate Program and we look forward to their continuing success and contribution.
大意:出色的中国学生对我们的研究生院很重要,我们期待他们的的成功和贡献。

Recently it has come to our attention that a letter attributed to a University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering Professor claiming that it is “very difficult” for the ME department to accept Chinese students. Simply put, this statement is not true and is not consistent with the facts. Because of the wording used in the letter I doubt it is from one of our own Professors. Regardless of that, our program has and will continue to admit, fund and graduate highly qualified Chinese students. We hope that you will not let such a letter affect your application to the University of Michigan’s ME Department – in fact we encourage highly qualified applicants to apply.
大意:近来有一份貌似是密大机械系教授宣称本系对录取中国学生“很为难”的信件。这种说法是没有根据的,和事实 完全不符。另外从信件的语句和用词来看,我不相信这是本系教授写的信。我们的研究生院一直并将继续录取和资助来自中国的优秀学生。希望大家不要受那封信的 影响,欢迎大家申请密歇根大学机械工程系。
Sincerely,
Karl Grosh – Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering
研究生系主任,卡尔·格罗什
Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
2202 GG Brown Bldg