Thursday, August 29, 2019
Faculty protests about academic freedom severed some partnerships. But nothing has been as effective in shutting down Confucius Institutes as tying Defense Department funding to their closure. Some 15 colleges have shuttered their Chinese-government-funded language and cultural centers in the last 18 months, most in response to a provision included in defense budgetary legislation prohibiting universities from hosting a Confucius Institute while also receiving Pentagon funding for Chinese language study. Arizona State University is the latest, closing its 12-year-old institute rather than risk losing federal grants of $750,000 per year for the next five years.