CAUT calls on PSE institutions to sever ties with Confucius Institutes

December 19, 2013

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is urging PSE institutions to cut ties with institutes subsidized and supervised by the government of China. “Confucius Institutes are essentially political arms of the Chinese government,” says CAUT Executive Director James Turk. “They restrict the free discussion of topics Chinese authorities deem controversial and should have no place on our campuses.” Turk points out that the University of Manitoba decided not to host such an institute, citing concerns over political censorship, and that McMaster University cancelled its agreement with its Confucius Institute earlier this year following a human rights complaint involving discriminatory hiring practices against members of Falun Gong. CAUT News Release