To fulfill its programmatic and cultural mission, the USM Confucius Institute will partner with a variety of local, regional, and state organizations, including the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine, the Maine International Trade Center, the Portland Regional Chamber, the World Affairs Council of Maine, Maine’s business and hospitality industries, and the Southern Maine cultural community.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes is headquartered at USM and serves as the national center for the current network of 117 lifelong learning institutes across the U.S. Each institute reflects the culture of its own university and its learning community, and the National Resource Center exists to facilitate the exchange of opinions, solutions, and experiences among these institutes, serving as a center for excellence and dissemination of best practice models. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by its members in topic areas such as history, culture, geography, anthropology, science, and the arts.
Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine
The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote friendship between non-Chinese Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Chinese people, whether from the PRC, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, or elsewhere. CAFAM promotes awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and attempts to assist individuals with China-related questions and problems. CAFAM also promotes a number of activities each year, including a mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival Celebration, a Chinese New Year Celebration, and a summer general meeting and potluck, among others.
Maine International Trade Center
The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) provides technical assistance and trade counseling, import and export leads, educational programs, and many other services to help Maine companies succeed in international markets. Its mission is to promote the expansion of Maine's economy through increased international trade in goods and services and related activities. MITC offers global exposure to Maine's small and medium-sized businesses through coordinated trade missions to Europe, Latin America, and Asia and participation in world-class trade shows such as MEDICA, Farnborough International Air Show, and the European Seafood Exposition.
Portland Regional Chamber
The Portland Regional Chamber is the largest business membership organization in Maine, representing 1,400 member companies with over 64,000 employees. Comprised of five community chambers and a young business professionals group (PROPEL), the Portland Regional Chamber offers networking, advocacy, valuable benefits, and high visibility to its members. Through regional and statewide activities, the chamber helps grow businesses and make the Portland and its surrounding region a vital economic hub.
World Affairs Council of Maine
The World Affairs Council of Maine is a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization that serves as a public forum and resource for understanding, analyzing, and debating international issues. The programs and activities of the World Affairs Council of Maine focus on promoting an understanding of international affairs to the general public, advancing Maine's international standing, contributing to Maine's economic development, and serving as a dynamic educational resource to high school and college students and teachers.