About Confucius Institutes
Confucius Institutes (CIs) are formed by a partnership between a Chinese university and a foreign university with an aim to providing opportunities for people throughout the world to learn about Chinese language and culture. They also serve as a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world, as well as a bridge reinforcing friendship and cooperation.
CIs offer Chinese teaching programs and Chinese teachers training programs; organize Chinese proficiency tests and Chinese teacher qualification; provide information and consultation services about Chinese education, culture, and economy; and develop study programs about modern China.
The Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, commonly referred to as Hanban, formally establishes each Confucius Institute. Hanban has established approximately 400 CIs throughout 96 countries, including approximately 90 in the United States.
Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters
As a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, Hanban is committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide, striving to meet the demands of foreign Chinese learners and contributing to the development of multiculturalism and world harmony.
Hanban's functions include:
- Examine, approve and establish Confucius Institutes;
- Make policies and development plans for promoting Chinese language internationally;
- Support Chinese language programs at educational institutions of various types and levels in other countries; and
- Draft international Chinese teaching standards and develop and promote Chinese language teaching materials
For more information: Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters