The famous Dutch university, Leiden University, announced on February 19 that it will close its Confucius Institute at the end of August this year. The university posted an official statement on its website stating that, since “the Confucius Institute’s activities no longer align with the University’s China strategy and the direction that it has taken in recent years,” therefore it will end the contract with the Confucius Institute when it expires on August 31, 2019.
In addition, the University of Minnesota announced on Thursday that the Confucius Institute has drawn attention from legislators, domestic organizations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so the school will close its Confucius Institute at the end of this semester.
Currently 13 universities in the U.S. have already closed the Confucius Institutes on their campuses.
Source: Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2019