Jul 202014

There has been plenty of criticism of China’s Confucius Institutes:

The American Association of University Professors has urged universities to cut ties with Confucius Institutes unless they have agreements to guarantee academic freedom….

MTSU is happy with its own CI arrangement, however:

Interference by the Chinese government isn’t a problem here, according to Hart, because all matters dealing with content and oversight of Chinese language and studies lie within the College of Liberal Arts – outside the responsibility of the Confucius Institute – and are managed by the faculty, dean and provost….

Forged in 2009 through a partnership with Hangzhou Normal University, the institute is funded with $1 million in grants by Chinese partners with the recent five-year program renewal. Annual operating expenses depend on activities approved by the Confucius Institute’s headquarters.

MTSU provides space in Peck Hall for the institute and support for its activities, while Chinese universities take on the cost of sending faculty here to teach non-credit Chinese language courses, according to the university.

With Director Guanping Zheng and Associate Director Yiping Cui at the helm, the institute has taught language and culture classes to more than 2,000 students in the region, in addition to offering training through satellite TV and the Internet.

In five years, MTSU has sent 21 students to study at Hangzhou Normal on full scholarships paid for through the institute. Conversely, MTSU has seen its Chinese student undergraduate enrollment increase to 34 in fall 2013 from 15 in fall 2011, netting $4.4 million tuition revenue and some $3 million in gross tuition, fees and other revenue through its College of Graduate Studies, according to MTSU.

See the full article for more numbers and statistics for MTSU’s CI.

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