US academics join calls for Confucius institute changes

University professors in the US 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, reports Associated Press.

A report by the American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, 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.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers raised the same issues last December following an instructor's human rights complaint alleging discrimination based on her belief in Falun Gong, a spiritual group that has been banned in China. The complaint led McMaster University in Ontario to close its Confucius Institute last year after the complaint was settled through mediation.
Full report on the South China Morning Post site