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For Immediate Release:
September 05, 2019
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Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. applauds Miami Dade College Board for closing the Confucius Institute


MIAMI-DADE – The Miami Dade College Board closed its Chinese government-run Confucius Institute Program today, September 5, 2019. The Confucius Institute is a public educational organization controlled, funded, and mostly staffed by the Chinese government. The Confucius Institute operated programs at more than 100 American colleges and universities, drawing increasing criticism for infringing on and interfering with academic freedom.

“I applaud and congratulate Chairman Bernie Navarro, the board of trustees, and the Interim President of Miami Dade College, Rolando Montoya, for terminating its Confucius Institute,” Commissioner Bovo said. “Chinese state-run Confucius Institutes have no place in Miami-Dade County, as the Communist Chinese government has attempted time and time again to infiltrate our classrooms, stifling free speech and censoring information by expanding the political influence of the People’s Republic of China throughout our academic institutions in the United States. Just yesterday, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commission approved my resolution urging Miami Dade College to close its Chinese government-run Confucius Institute Program due to national security concerns. As an alumnus of Miami Dade College, I commend the institution for ending its contract with the Confucius Institute.” Commissioner Bovo said.