Just two days before the official “Confucius Institute Day”, when plenty of events were to be held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its founding, the University of Chicago cut its ties with its Confucius Institute.
More than 100 university professors signed a petition calling for the school to close its on-campus Confucius Institute, the University of Chicago has decided to suspend negotiations for the renewal of the agreement for a second term of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago for the concern on the differences in their principles and core values.
The university and the Confucius Institute Headquarters, also known as Hanban, do not share the same core value. according to UChicagoNews:
“Recently published comments about [the University of Chicago] in an article about the director-general of Hanban are incompatible with a continued equal partnership.”
According to ChinaRealTime, the university lacks sufficient control over the hiring and training of teachers involved:
“The institutes, as well as the schools that partner with them have come under pushback from professors and some administrators who accuse it of obstructing academic freedom.”
However, this is not the first case. In 2013, for example, Canada’s McMaster University terminated its relationship with the institute because of concerns “regarding the exclusion of practitioners of Falun Gong from the hiring process”.
In short, the University and the institute can’t come to an agreement on core education values.
Thankfully, the University of Chicago isn’t willing to replace their Western education style with values dictated by the Chinese government on American soil.