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About Us

Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions.

We 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 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. It was established in December of 2013.

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 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 offers educational activities throughout the year to not only the university population but also the large community in the Capital District. It plays four major roles:

  • 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

2014 (download), 2015 (download), 2016 (download), 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).

Featured Testimonials

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

Board of Advisors

Dr. Steven Messner

Distinguished Teaching Professor in Sociology

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

Milestones

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.

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