USA, June 24, 2014 (NBC): HPI Note: The system of "Confucius Institutes" set up by the Government of China in 2004 to promote Chinese culture and language at established universities and colleges is now a network of hundreds in dozens of countries, mostly the US, Japan and South Korea. It has been mentioned -- before the reaction described below occured -- as a possible model for India to follow.
University professors in the United States have joined their Canadian counterparts in urging universities to cut ties with Confucius Institutes unless the agreements that bring them to campus are re-worked to guarantee academic freedom.
A report by the American Association of University Professors said universities "have sacrificed the integrity of the university and its academic staff" by allowing the Chinese government to supervise curriculum and staff at the institutes it has established on more than 100 North American campuses to promote Chinese culture and language.
"Allowing any third-party control of academic matters is inconsistent with principles of academic freedom, shared governance, and the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities," the report by the association's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure said.
With more than 400 already now spread across more than 100 regions and countries, China expects to have 500 Confucius Institutes by next year, program officials have said, along with 1,000 Confucius classrooms in primary and secondary schools.