Troy University Closes China-Sponsored Campus Confucius Institute
“CIs [Confucius Institutes] are essentially a Beijing-run program in teaching, material, and curriculum”
This should be done at every college in the country. Critics allege that Confucius Institutes are used by the Chinese Communist Party to spy and to monitor students from China studying in America.
The College Fix reports:
Alabama university closes China-sponsored Confucius Institute
An Alabama university shut down earlier this month its on-campus Confucius Institute, a Chinese language educational center funded by the Chinese Communist Party.
Troy University trustees cited “federal regulations that will limit the availability of funding to institutions that maintain their agreements with Chinese partners,” according to a university news release.
“CIs [Confucius Institutes] are essentially a Beijing-run program in teaching, material, and curriculum,” Ian Oxenvad, senior fellow at the National Association of Scholars, told The College Fix in an email.
China provides the Confucius Institute funding while “the host school usually does little more than offer facilities and some administrative support,” he said.
Confucius Institutes bill themselves as Mandarin language programs, he said. However, they “promote censorship of views critical of the PRC and the Chinese Communist Party. They also follow a pro-China narrative in educational materials.”
The Fix reported last October that Troy had been a holdout in maintaining its CCP-linked Institute despite many closures elsewhere.
Because of their connection to the Chinese Communist Party, Confucius Institutes have drawn scrutiny from scholars, political groups, and both Democratic and Republican lawmakers amid rising concerns regarding the Confucius Institutes’ open connections to the dictatorial regime, The Fix reported last October.
These concerns have grown to the point that Congress is writing mitigation measures into federal law. The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. military’s annual budget, specified that the Department of Defense would not provide contracts, grants or any other funds to universities with operating Confucius Institutes “other than amounts provided directly to students as educational assistance,” according to The Fix.
The curriculum of the Confucius Institutes academically “whitewash” things not in the CCP’s favor, Oxenvad told The Fix last year.
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