uSask should revise agreement to ensure freedom of speech at Chinese partner’s institute, says report

May 17, 2016

An internal report has recommended that the University of Saskatchewan revise its agreement with the Beijing Institute of Technology to ensure that BIT’s Confucius Institute based at uSask’s campus supports academic freedom, reports the StarPhoenix. The report, which is slated for discussion this week, warns that Confucius Institutes “advance a Chinese national state agenda in recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum and in the restriction of debate on politically sensitive topics.” The report also recommends that the revised agreement include “explicit statement(s) that academic freedom is a fundamental principle to be supported in all facets of the institute’s activities.” However, investigators also note that there is “no evidence” to suggest that the presence of the Confucius Institute on campus has compromised academic freedom to date. StarPhoenix