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Brief Introduction

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit, public institute with the goal of promoting Chinese language and culture and supporting local Chinese teaching internationally through affiliated Confucius Institutes around the globe.

Confucius Institutes are established by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, headquartered in Beijing.

The University of Memphis is home to the only Confucius Institute in the state of Tennessee and the first in the Mid-South.

In conjunction with its partner institution, Hubei University in China, the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis promotes understanding of the Chinese language and culture among the people of the United States, develops friendly relations between the U. S. and China, accelerates the expansion of multiculturalism, and provides opportunities for students studying the Chinese language.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis will occupy the entire 11th floor of Wilder Tower beginning in early 2009. A statue of Confucius, designed by a local artist, will greet visitors to the Institute.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis is closely affiliated with the University’s new Asian Studies and International Trade program, whose aim is to provide students with the critical combination of skills that an increasing number of companies seek: international business knowledge, foreign language proficiency, cultural sensitivity and experience abroad. The program was created by an anonymous $1 million donation to the University.

The University of Memphis has long participated in educational exchanges with a number of universities in China, including Hubei University, its partner in the Confucius Institute.

A pilot institute was established in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in June 2004. The first Confucius Institute opened on November 21, 2004 in Seoul, Korea.

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Board of Advisors

R. Brad Martin

Interim President, University of Memphis

Dr. Chuanxi Wu

President, Hubei University – Board Vice-Chair

Dr. Michael David Rudd

Provost, University of Memphis

Dr. Henry Kurtz

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis

Mr. Rudi Scheidt

Community Representative

Professor  Xiangkun Li

Director of the International Office, Hubei University

Dr. Hsiang-te Kung

Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis – Ex officio

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Our Staff

Dr. Hsiang-te Kung

Director of the CIUM and ASIT Programs

Full Tenured Professor In Geography

Yiping Yang

Associate Director

Associate Professor in English and Cross Cultural Studies

Dean of the International School at Hubei University

Riki H. Jackson

Assistant Director of the CIUM and ASIT Programs

Adjunct Professor in Chinese Abacus, Business, Economics, Marketing

Zhang Lin

Project Coordinator for the CIUM and ASIT Programs

Zhang Yue

Financial Officer of the CIUM

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Partner Institutions

Colleges & Universities

Hubei University

University of Memphis

K-12 Schools

Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Campus School

Carter Lawrence Elementary School

Dyersburg High School

Dyersburg Middle School

Dyersburg Intermediate School

Dyersburg Elementary School

Eakin Elementary School

Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School

Hillsboro High School

Hutchison School

J.T. Moore Middle School

Julia Green Elementary School

Lausanne Collegiate School

Lipman Early Childhood Center

Oak Forest Elementary School

Oneida Elementary School

Oneida Middle School

Oneida High School

Rose Park Magnet School

Shelby County Schools (15)

St. Agnes Academy

St. Dominic School

St. George's Independent School of Collierville

St. George's Independent School of Germantown

St. George's Independent School of Memphis

St. Mary's Episcopal School

Tennessee High School

Williamson County Schools

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