uSask signs agreement with Confucius Institute safeguarding academic freedom

October 14, 2016

The University of Saskatchewan has signed what it calls an “unprecedented agreement” with the Confucius Institute Headquarters to protect academic freedom and transparency at the Confucius Institute on uSask's campus. The Chinese-funded institute has raised questions in the past about the academic freedom of instructors, and in May 2016, a uSask report recommended that the university’s agreement with the institute be revised to ensure the protection of freedom of speech. uSask states that the new five-year agreement with the CI will “respect uSask’s institutional values, priorities and policies, and that [uSask] will maintain control over the hiring, curriculum and academic practices of the CI.” uSask