The Ambassador in China (Gauss) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 22—2 p.m.]
1210. Your 953, October 13, 9 p.m. The list of universities to which invitations should be extended omits National Chekiang University which according to Embassy’s information is ranked in academic opinion with National Central, National Southwestern and Wuhan Universities as having a common high standard, while National Sun Yat Sen, National Yunnan and National Szechuan Universities are reported to maintain lower standards as regards both faculty and curriculum. The two last named however are reported to be specially favored by the Minister of Education.
Department may wish to reconsider list of universities to which invitations should be sent, and at the same time it might wish to consider substituting Academia Sinica and perhaps Nankai Institute of Economics which while technically connected with Southwestern University maintains a semi-independent status at Chungking.
I await further instructions before extending invitations and at the same time request information as to who will bear tuition costs and what is intended to be covered by the allowance for “equipment”.