SMU contract with Confucius Institute set to expire

October 16, 2020

Saint Mary’s University’s contract to host the Confucius Institute, which promotes Chinese language and culture, is set to expire in December. SMU is in the process of deciding whether to renew the contract. The article explains that the Confucius Institute has been critiqued as promoting a one-dimensional view of China while ignoring human rights violations. Other institutions and school boards in Canada have cut ties with the institute. New Brunswick Education Minister Dominic Cardy said that students have cited issues around not being allowed to discuss certain topics in the classroom. However, Eric Henry, SMU’s Canadian co-director of the Confucius Institute said, “we haven’t had issue with politics in the classroom.” The Chronicle Herald (NS)