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About Us

Confucius Institute is a non-profit program of Office of Chinese Language Council International (or Hanban) in China.

Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions, which aim to promote Chinese language and culture. As of December 2017, 525 Confucius Institutes have been established in 138 countries/regions around the world, with 110 in the United States.

The Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and Economy (CICCE) at University at Albany is a non-profit educational collaboration between UAlbany and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, China. It was established in December of 2013, with support from Hanban. CICCE provides support and service in Chinese language instruction and culture programming, promotes China-related research, and facilitates academic exchanges and collaborations between the two institutions and the two countries. CICCE offers educational activities throughout the year to not only the university population but also the large community in the Capital District. It partners with universities, local public libraries, schools, and organizations such as Chinese Community Center in the area.

The original agreement with Hanban (download) was signed in September, 2013; the agreement with SWUFE (download) was signed in June, 2014. The renewal agreement with Hanban (download) was signed in June, 2018, and the renewal agreement with SWUFE (download) was signed in August, 2018.

Mission

UAlbany Confucius Institute promotes and supports the study of Chinese language, culture, and economy at the University at Albany and throughout the Capital Region of New York State, fosters exchanges and collaborations between UAlbany and educational institutions in China. UAlbany Confucius Institute plays four major roles at UA and in the community:

  • To help local schools in the Capital Region and the UAlbany to develop and strengthen Chinese language programs
  • To develop and support China-related academic research and artistic production at UAlbany
  • To foster a better understanding of Chinese cultural tradition and contemporary Chinese economy at UAlbany and in the community
  • To foster academic and cultural exchanges and collaborations between UAlbany/local schools and educational institutions in China

Annual Reports

UAlbany CI attends the Annual Global CI Conference in China every year. Here are our annual reports submitted for the conference: 2014 (download), 2015 (download), 2016 (download), 2017 (download), 2018 (download), 2019 (download).

Since 2017, UAlbany has held two meetings for the Board of Advisors each year. Here are the annual reports prepared for Board of Advisors meeting: 2017 (download), 2018 (download), 2019 (download).

Each year, Confucius Institute receives funding from Hanban for its operation, and University at Albany provides one-to-one match, mainly in kind such as providing staff and office space. Here is the annual financial report (download).

Speaker Series

Speaker Series brings leading scholars in the field of China Studies to UAlbany to present their research to broad, interdisciplinary audiences. Visit our events calendar to learn about upcoming and recent speakers.

Cultural Events

CICCE organizes various cultural events for people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate and explore Chinese culture, from its ancient traditions to the contemporary changes.

Teaching

We offers teacher training in Chinese languages and culture, catering to the needs of the school and the community, which aims to strengthen instructional best practices for Albany Chinese teachers and increase communication amongst them to assimilate into the American Chinese teaching environment.

Conference

We accomplishe our mission through high quality Chinese language instruction for both the university and non-university population

Our Team

Dr. Youqin Huang

Professor of Geography and Planning (Executive Director of Confucius Institute)

Emily Jie Wang

Assistant to the Director

Ming Zhang

Web Master

Ao Feng

Chinese teacher

Lingjia Zhuang

Volunteer

Board of Advisors

Dr. Harvey Charles

UA Dean for International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba

Interim Dean of College of Arts and Science

Dr. David Yun Dai

Professor in Education

Dr. Ting Liang

Director of Office of International Education and Cooperation, Dean of College of International Education, SWUFE

Prof. Haiyang Yang

Dean of School of Humanities, SWUFE

Prof. Yongqiang Li,

Vice President, SWUFE

Our History

Confucius Institute is a non-profit program of Office of Chinese Language Council International (or Hanban) in China. Its mission is to promote Chinese language and culture. As of December 2017, 525 Confucius Institutes have been established in 138 countries/regions around the world, with 110 in the United States.

We hosted more than 100 successful events until October, 2019

UAlbany Confucius Institute is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to fostering the study of Chinese language, culture and economy.

Expansion and developement

As of December 2017, 525 Confucius Institutes have been established in 138 countries/regions around the world, with 110 in the United States.

We established at University at Albany in 2013

The Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and Economy (CICCE) at University at Albany is a non-profit educational collaboration between UAlbany and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, China. It was established in December of 2013, with support from Hanban.

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