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 64 universities, 2 governments and 1 school board around the world that have cut ties with CIs/CCs, which resulted in 63 closures of the institutes.

CountryInstitutionYear of Cutting ties
CanadaMcMaster University2013
Université de Sherbrooke2013
Toronto District School Board2014
New Brunswick provincial government2019
Brock University 2020
AmericaUniversity of Chicago2014
Pennsylvania State University2014
Pfeiffer University
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
Purdue University2018
University of South Florida2018
University of Massachusetts Boston2019
University of Tennessee Knoxville2019
University of Minnesota2019
University of Texas-San Antonio2019
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 2019
Western Kentucky University2019
University of Oregon 2019
Northern State University2019
San Francisco State University2019
University of Montana2019
University of Hawaii at Mānoa2019
San Diego State University2019
Auburn University at Montgomery2019
University of Texas – Dallas2019
Arizona State University2019
Miami Dade College 2019
Kennesaw State University2019
University of Delaware2020
University of Kansas2020
University of Maryland2020
University of Alaska, Anchorage2020
New Mexico State University2020
University of Missouri 2020
University of Arizona2020
Miami University (Ohio)2020
University of California, Davis (UC Davis)2020
University of Pittsburgh2020
California State University – Long Beach2020
University of Oklahoma2020
University of Memphis2020
AustraliaNSW government (Confucius Classroom)
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
Luleå University of Technology2020
GermanyStuttgart Media University2015
 University of Hohenheim2015
 University of Dusseldorf2020
 University of Hamburg2020
DenmarkCopenhagen Business School2017
NetherlandsLeiden University2019
BelgiumFree University of Brussels-VUB2019
SwitzerlandUniversity of Basel2020