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Confucius Institutes and the university: distinguishing the political mission from the cultural

Hughes, Christopher R. (2014) Confucius Institutes and the university: distinguishing the political mission from the cultural. Issues and Studies, 50 (4). pp. 45-83. ISSN 1013-2511

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The rapid spread of Confucius Institutes (CI) around the world has received growing attention from both critics and admirers. The former question whether it is right for organizations funded and governed by the Chinese state to operate on campuses in liberal-democratic societies; the latter claim that the CIs contribute to the general good by facilitating the teaching of the Chinese language and enhancing academic exchange. This paper will scrutinize the role of the Confucius Institute by debating over the missions of the university and the institute itself. A careful look at the organizational links between the institutes and the CCP will be provided. This paper argues that the clash of missions may be seen as risks by academic staff and students in host institutions; they are merely the consequences of the CIs fulfilling the mission with which they have been entrusted.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 15:49
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:55

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