Cutting Ties With Confucius Institutes

According to the Chinese government, there were 541 Confucius Institutes and 1,170 Confucius Classrooms in 162 countries (regions) by the end of 2019. The numbers of the CIs and CCs have decreased for the fist time in 2019 since its inception in 2004 in Korea.

In February 2013, Canada’s McMaster University was the first university reportedly to close a Confucius Institute. As of April 2021, there have been at least 94 universities, 2 governments and 3 school boards in 11 countries that have cut ties with CIs/CCs (Confucius Classrooms). These actions have resulted in at least 93 closures of the Chinese institutes (some CIs were co-hosted by more than one universities).

To know more details about the closures of CIs in America, please visit the website of National Association of Scholars.

Country (Qty closed) Institution Year of Cutting ties
Canada (5) McMaster University 2013
Université de Sherbrooke 2013
Toronto District School Board 2014
New Brunswick provincial government 2019
Brock University 2020
America (71) University of Chicago 2014
Pennsylvania State University 2014
Pfeiffer University 2016
Tulane University 2017
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign 2017
University of West Florida 2018
Texas A&M University System 2018
Prairie View A&M University 2018
University of Iowa 2018
University of North Florida 2018
North Carolina State University 2018
University of Michigan 2018
University of Rhode Island 2018
Purdue University 2018
University of South Florida 2018
Augusta University 2018
North Carolina State University 2018
Clark County School District 2019
Broward County Public Schools 2019
Kansas State University 2019
Pace University 2019
University of Massachusetts Boston 2019
University of Tennessee Knoxville 2019
University of Minnesota 2019
University of Texas-San Antonio 2019
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 2019
Western Kentucky University 2019
University of Oregon 2019
Northern State University 2019
San Francisco State University 2019
University of Montana 2019
University of Hawaii at Mānoa 2019
San Diego State University 2019
Auburn University at Montgomery 2019
University of Texas – Dallas 2019
Arizona State University 2019
Miami Dade College 2019
Kennesaw State University 2019
George Mason University 2020
Old Dominion University 2020
Savannah State University 2020
Georgia State University 2020
University of California, Los Angeles 2020
University of North Carolina Charlotte 2020
University of Idaho 2020
Community College of Denver 2020
Middle Tennessee State University 2020
University of Nebraska Lincoln 2020
Rutgers University 2020
University of Delaware 2020
University of Kansas 2020
University of Maryland 2020
University of Alaska, Anchorage 2020
New Mexico State University 2020
University of Missouri 2020
University of Arizona 2020
Miami University (Ohio) 2020
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) 2020
University of Pittsburgh 2020
California State University – Long Beach 2020
University of Oklahoma 2020
University of Memphis 2020
Portland State University 2021
Tufts University 2021
Emory University 2021
Central Connecticut State University 2021
Western Michigan University 2021
University of Kentucky 2021
University of South Carolina 2021
Colorado State University 2021
Stony Brook University 2021
University of New Hampshire 2021
Bryant University 2021
Australia (2) NSW government (Confucius Classroom) 2019
  RMIT University 2021
France (4) University of Lumière Lyon 2 2013
University of Jean Moulin Lyon 3 2013
Toulouse 1 University Capitole 2017
West Paris Nanterre La Defense University 2018
Sweden (4) Stockholm University 2014
Karlstad University 2015
Blekinge Institute of Technology 2015
Luleå University of Technology 2020
Germany (4) Stuttgart Media University 2015
University of Hohenheim 2015
University of Dusseldorf 2020
University of Hamburg 2020
Spain (1) University of the Basque Country 2019
Denmark (1) Copenhagen Business School 2017
Netherlands (1) Leiden University 2019
Belgium (1) Free University of Brussels-VUB 2019
Switzerland (1) University of Basel 2020