China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. The administration last week urged US schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invite a ‘malign influence’ from China …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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China’s Confucius Institutes rebrand after overseas propaganda rows

Posted in Governance and administration on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“Beijing is abandoning its Confucius Institute brand after a global backlash over censorship, switching to a new look as a centre for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. In a directive to lower-level agencies, the Ministry of Education said the Confucius Institute Headquarters, or Hanban, had changed its name to the Ministry of Education Centre for Language Education and Cooperation …” (more)

[Zhuang Pinghui, South China Morning Post, 4 July]

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Belgian university closes its Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute after spying claims

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

“One of Belgium’s leading universities has decided to close the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute on its campus, following accusations that the former head professor conducted espionage for China. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) confirmed that it would not extend its contract with the institute when the agreement expires next June, although it did not refer to the espionage claims …” (more)

[Stuart Lau, South China Morning Post, 11 December]

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Controversial Confucius Centre Due to Open amidst Sudden Changes in Funding Use

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The controversial UCD Confucius Centre is finally scheduled to be completed this September having run at least €4.8 million over budget. The project originally started in 2014 is now two years behind schedule as has been a frequent source of controversy over its links to the Chinese government, budgeting and concerns amongst academics about the effect such a centre could have on campus …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 September]

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Confucius Institute closed at US university amid concerns about Chinese influence on campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2018 by steve

“The University of North Florida will close a campus branch of a Chinese-run cultural institute, the latest US college to do so amid criticism from US legislators that China uses the institute to influence American higher education …” (more)

[South China Morning Post, 15 August]

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UCD plans dedicated Chinese restaurant

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“The country’s largest university has announced plans to build its own ‘authentic’ Chinese restaurant on its campus. University College Dublin confirmed that as part of its purpose built Confucius Centre, which has been co-financed between the Irish and Chinese governments, the centre will include a dedicated restaurant …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Independent, 8 June]

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