The opening of the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, creates the question: What is the Confucius Institute?


The development of Confucius Institutes is a program of Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International.  According to the Hanban Web site, the purpose of the program is “promote friendly relationship[s] with other countries and enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture among world Chinese learners as well as providing good learning conditions for them.”

As part of its efforts to explore excellent pedagogy in international Chinese language teaching, summarize multicultural and nationalized experience in Chinese language promotion, arouse the first-line Chinese teachers’ enthusiasm, and prepare for both the Confucius Institute Conference and the Demonstration Class Exhibition at the Ninth International Forum on Chinese Teaching at the end of 2008, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) has planned to initiate among the first-line Chinese teachers in both China and abroad an activity titled Selection of Excellent Works in International Chinese Language Teaching.

Late applications for Fulbright Scholar lecturing and lecturing/research awards in China and Taiwan are being accepted in a variety of fields including law, American history, American literature, and American politics as well as journalism and communications, public policy, public administration, environmental policy and library and information science.

The American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), a non-profit organization composed of approximately 65 state universities, including the University of Minnesota, land-grant colleges and international affiliates, and the President of the Chinese Central Agricultural Broadcasting Television School (CABTS), the largest distance education organization in the world, signed a cooperative agreement Tuesday, April 22 at the Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota Law School dean Fred Morrison (third from left) and China Center director Yongwei Zhang (second from left) visited the Renmin University of China on June 20. They had a productive meeting with the administrators and faculty at the Law School: dean Wang Liming, executive associate dean Han Dayuan, assistant to the dean Shi Jiayou, and three other faculty and staff members.


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