By Patricia Alex, Staff Writer, The Record

The state’s public university in Jersey City on Monday officially opened a Confucius Institute that offers courses in Chinese language and culture.

As part of the initiative, New Jersey City University will partner with Jilin Huaqiao University of Foreign Languages, one of the largest private universities in China, the school announced. Through the institute, faculty and students from Jersey City will be able to study at the Chinese university.

The institute would be the second in New Jersey; Rutgers opened a Confucius Institute in 2007. And Kean University in Union, also a public school, has a campus in Wenzhou China.

There are about 100 Confucius Institutes in the United States and about 400 across the globe, according to a press release from New Jersey City University. The non-profit groups are affiliated with the Chinese government, which has led to criticism from some academics in the United States. But many schools see the institutes as a valuable resource for providing education about China.


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