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    VUB will not continue its cooperation with Confucius Institute

    In June 2020, the contract between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Confucius Institute will expire, and the VUB will not renew the contract. This is a decision made by the Board of Directors of the VUB this evening. The university is of the opinion that cooperating with the institution is no longer consistent with its policies and objectives. The VUB is, however, open to new collaborations with Chinese universities, scientists and students when this does not endanger academic freedom and independence.
     
    The practical consequences of this decision for VUB employees, Belgian and international students will be limited.
     
    Chinese language and culture courses
    As from the academic year 2020-2019, teachers of the Confucius Institute will no longer give lectures on Chinese language or culture for the Bachelor course of Language and Literature, and the Multilingual Master in Linguistics and Literary Studies. 
    The university will appoint other teachers who will continue the lectures so that students will be able to obtain their qualifications in their chosen language.
     
    VUB employees paid with funds from the Confucius Institute
    For staff members of the executive board of International Relations paid with funds from the Confucius Institute, the University will continue the current contracts through other budgets.
     
    Our doors remain open
    The VUB continues to focus on new collaborations with Chinese academic institutions, academics and students, but independent from political players in the country. At the request of the Board of Directors, the vice-rector International Policy will define a new policy plan, based on the principles of proportionality, reciprocity and integrity, and in line with the objectives and values of the university. We emphasize that Chinese students and researchers remain most welcome on our campuses. 
     
    Do you have any questions about this decision or its consequences?
    Students can contact the vice-rector International Policy Romain Meeusen: vicerector.internationalpolicy@vub.be