09/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Midwestern Colleges Establish 'Confucius Institutes,' Work To Strengthen Chinese Ties

Dickinson State University and North Dakota State University have been granted permission to establish "Confucius Institutes" on their campuses to encourage study of Chinese languages and culture.

The Chinese government's education ministry has pushed the idea among U.S. universities, and offers financial aid to help institutes get started. More than 60 colleges have Confucius Institutes, named for a renowned Chinese philosopher, including the University of Minnesota and the University of Montana.

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