Faculty at Other Universities Having Their Say About the Confucius Institute
Inside Higher Ed runs a long article on faculty concerns and protests related to Confucius Institutes on campuses. The article refers to a faculty response at the U of Chicago and then notes other similar developments elsewhere. The concerns related to the Institutes as arms of the Chinese government. Excerpt:
Professors at the University of Chicago have renewed their opposition to
the Chinese-government funded Confucius Institute on their campus, with
more than 100 of them signing a petition
calling on the Council of the University Senate to vote to terminate
the university’s contract with Hanban, the government entity that
oversees the centers of Chinese language teaching and research...
The establishment of Confucius Institutes on U.S. campuses has been controversial.
On the one hand, universities -- especially those that don't have
robust Chinese language departments of their own -- have welcomed the
influx of foreign money and the ability to import Chinese language
instructors at Hanban's expense. On the other, many have raised concerns
that in partnering with a Chinese government entity to support the
teaching of language and culture, universities are in effect ceding
their control over the curriculum...