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World Journal: University of Michigan Announced the Closure of Its Confucius Institute

Well-known U.S. Chinese language newspaper World Journal recently reported that the University of Michigan (UM) just officially announced the discontinuation of its Confucius Institute located in Ann Arbor. The announcement was made after the Confucius Institute had been established for nearly ten years. According to the official headquarter records of the Confucius Institute, the UM Institute is a “unique” organization and was recognized in 2013 as an “Advanced Confucius Institute” by the Chinese central government. The University explained that it will merge the Chinese performing arts materials into its regular curriculum and there is no longer a need to operate under the Confucius Institute. UM is one of the several universities that discontinued their Confucius Institute programs not long ago. These universities are the University of Iowa, the University of North Florida and North Carolina State University. There are around 100 Confucius Institutes operating in the United States.

Source: World Journal, December 11, 2018