UPDATED 9:35 AM PT – Sat. April 6, 2019
The U.S. intelligence community is placing increased political pressure on American universities with Chinese-government funded partnerships.
On Wednesday, MIT pulled out of collaborations with Chinese technology companies Huawei and ZTE, and Indiana university permanently shut down their university’s Confucius Institute.
More than 100 U.S. educational facilities have Confucius Institute, which are Chinese government-sponsored language and culture schools that aim to promote the spread of Chinese teaching internationally.
But last year alone, at least 10 universities pulled out of their agreements with the Confucius Institute over concerns the programs could be used by the communist party of China to spy on the United States.
Earlier this year, the Senate released a report on China’s impact on U.S. educational institutions. It warned universities of the potential for Chinese infiltration to influence American’s opinions on china’s economic growth and international security threat.
Since the start of 2019, three universities have already closed their Confucius Institute, and several more have pushed for their campuses to consider pulling out of their partnerships with the institutions moving forward.