Cutting Ties With Confucius Institutes

According to Hanban, the governmental body under the Education Ministry of China that oversees all Confucius Institutes, there are 548 Confucius Institutes and 1,193 Confucius Classrooms in 147 countries (regions) by the end of 2018.

In February 2013, Canada’s McMaster University was the first university reportedly to close a Confucius Institute. As of 2020, there have been at least 39 universities, 2 governments and 1 school board around the world that have cut ties with CIs/CCs, which resulted in 38 closures of the institutes.

CountryInstitutionYear of Cutting ties
CanadaMcMaster University2013
Université de Sherbrooke2013
Toronto District School Board2014
New Brunswick provincial government2019
AmericaUniversity of Chicago2014
Pennsylvania State University2014
Pfeiffer University
2016
Tulane University2017
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign2017
University of West Florida2018
Texas A&M University System2018
Prairie View A&M University2018
University of Iowa2018
University of North Florida2018
North Carolina State University2018
University of Michigan2018
University of Rhode Island2018
University of South Florida2018
University of Massachusetts Boston2019
University of Minnesota2019
Indiana University2019
Western Kentucky University2019
University of Oregon2019
San Francisco State University2019
University of Montana2019
University of Hawaii at Mānoa2019
San Diego State University2019
Arizona State University2019
Miami Dade College2019
University of Delaware2020
AustraliaNSW government (Confucius Classroom)
2019
FranceUniversity of Lumière Lyon 22013
University of Jean Moulin Lyon 32013
Toulouse 1 University Capitole2017
West Paris Nanterre La Defense University2018
SwedenStockholm University2014
Karlstad University2015
Blekinge Institute of Technology2015
GermanyStuttgart Media University2015
University of Hohenheim2015
DenmarkCopenhagen Business School2017
NetherlandsLeiden University2019