uManitoba faculty union opposes proposed Confucius Institute for university

April 27, 2011

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association's (UMFA) president says the union is strongly opposed to a proposed deal that could bring the Confucius Institute to uManitoba to teach non-credit language, history, and culture courses. An Asian studies professor says the Institute could be used to watch Chinese students, who are the largest group of foreign students on campus. He says the Chinese government could threaten to cut off the university's access to Chinese students if it does not sign a deal with the Confucius Institute. UMFA's president says the union objects primarily to the possibility of the institution bringing a private teaching group onto campus, as it did with Navitas, a for-profit education firm. A uManitoba official says it is premature to discuss a deal that has not even been put on the table and which would have to be reviewed by university administrators before going through the senate. Winnipeg Free Press