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About The Institute

On Oct. 22, 2007 Arizona State University unveiled the Confucius Institute at Arizona State University (ASU CI) on the Tempe campus. The Confucius Institute is ASU’s direct response to the need for creating a sustainable, in-depth source of knowledge about China for Arizona citizens. It is the first of its kind in the state. The institute is committed to promoting Chinese language and culture studies in schools as well as throughout the Arizona’s general public.
ASU CI was established through a partnership with Sichuan University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education in China. The Institute is part of a global network of Confucius Institutes dedicated to the understanding of the Chinese language and culture around the world.

Mission Statement

The Arizona State University Confucius Institute offers a sustained source of knowledge about China for Arizona citizens through the following programs:

  • Faculty exchanges between ASU and Sichuan University
  • Public, socially embedded Chinese language and culture programs
  • Symposia and lectures related to China
  • K-16 Chinese language programs
  • Professional training programs for teachers of Chinese in Arizona
  • Support for overseas study for graduate students
  • An intensive Chinese language summer program in Chengdu, Sichuan

ASU CI extends connections to the business community and actively seeks partnerships with local business professionals and corporations to offer Chinese culture and language training.