Inside Higher Ed
September 26th, 2014
The University of Chicago has suspended negotiations to renew its
agreement to host a Confucius Institute after objecting to an
unflattering article that appeared in the Chinese press. The decision
follows a petition,
signed by more than 100 faculty members this spring, calling for
the closure of the institute. The petition raised concerns that in
hosting the Chinese government-funded center for research and language
teaching, Chicago was ceding control over faculty hiring, course
content, and programming to Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing,
which is also known as Hanban.
The decision means that the Confucius Institute at Chicago will cease
to exist when the current five-year agreement expires this Monday,
Sept. 29, although its director, Dali Yang, said that the institute
continues to support existing projects.