U. of Md. faces questions over Chinese government’s role in program
The Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland occupies a few rooms on the fourth floor of a nondescript campus building. Decorative lanterns and photos of life in China line the hallway. There are about 90 Confucius Institutes at universities across the country. But UMD’s, founded in 2004, is the oldest. It’s open to any students who want to study language or culture, though it doesn’t offer degrees or credit. The educators who come through the program sometimes also teach in neighboring elementary, middle and high schools.