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About Us

Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and Economy at University at Albany (UAlbany CI) is a non-profit educational collaboration between UAlbany and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, China.

UAlbany CI was established in December of 2013, with financial support partially from Office of Chinese Language Council International, now Chinese International Education Foundation, in China.

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


UAlbany CI 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. UAlbany CI serves not only the university population but also the large community in the Capital District, including:

  • 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

Here are our annual reports: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

UAlbany CI receives funding from Chinese International Education Foundation for its operation, and UAlbany provides mainly in kind support such as staff and office space. Here is the annual financial report.

Our Team

Dr. Youqin Huang

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

Emily Jie Wang

Assistant to the Director

Ao Feng

Chinese teacher

Board of Advisors

Dr. Jeanette Altarriba, Chair

Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Cheng Chen

Professor of Political 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


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.

CI awarded for public engagement

CI received the 2020 President’s Award for Exemplary Public Engagement by University at Albany.

Ambassador Ping Huang visits UAlbany

The Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in New York Ambassador Ping Huang and his delegation visited UAlbany. They had a meeting with Dr. Harvey Charles, Vice Provost of Global Strategy and Dr. Elga Wulfert, Dean of Arts and Sciences. Ambassador Ping Huang praised and affirmed the collaborative spirit between UAlbany and Chinese institutions, and achievements CI has made.

UAlbany leadership visits SWUFE

UAlbany President Havidan Rodriguez, Vice President Fardin Sanai, Dean of International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy Harvey Charles visited partner university SWUFE in Chengdu, China. The President of SWUFE Dr. Zhi Zhuo, Vice President Qingshuang Yin, Director of International Exchange and Cooperation Ting Liang and CI Directors welcomed the delegation.

CI's fifth anniversary

The President of SWUFE Dr. Zhi Zhuo and his delegation visited UAlbany to mark CI’s 5th anniversary, and signed the renewal agreement with UAlbany President Havidan Rodriguez for another five years of collaboration between the two universities through CI.

CI recognized with award

The Board Chair of Chinese Community Center of the Capital District (CCC), Lilly Miaw presented a trophy to CI for its significant role and effort in promoting Chinese culture and engaging the community.

First visit from Hanban delegation

CI hosted the visit of the Hanban delegation, with JING Wei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters (or Hanban), REN Shifang, Deputy Director of Division of American and Oceanian Confucius Institute, and SHANG Ruofan, Program Officer of Division of American and Oceanian Confucius Institute. CI organized a meeting with UAlbany President James Stellar and other leaders, a tour of the university library, a visit to Tech Valley High School, and meetings with Congressman Paul Tonko and Assembly member John McDonald.

First international conference

CI organized its first International Conference on the Transformation and Impact of the Chinese Urban Economy. Well-known China scholars from China, U.S. and Canada presented at the conference. (An edited volume based on this conference, titled “Chinese Cities in the 21st Century”, was published in 2020 by Palgrave).

New director

Professor Youqin Huang replaced Prof. Tony Deblasi and became the second Director of Confucius Institute.

CI established at University at Albany

Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and the Economy at the University at Albany, (UAlbany) was inaugurated. It is a non-profit educational collaboration between UAlbany and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, China.

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