Welcome to MU Confucius Institute

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What is the Confucius Institute?

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit educational organization funded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The headquarters of the Confucius Institute is in Beijing, China. Universities in different countries submit their applications to the Headquarters of the Confucius Institute. After getting approval from the Headquarters, these universities will work collaboratively with Chinese partner universities to establish a Confucius Institute on their campuses. The Confucius Institute offers several services: Chinese language teaching; training Chinese language instructors and providing Chinese language teaching resources; holding the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) examination (Chinese Proficiency Test) and tests for the certification of the Chinese Language Teachers; providing information and consultative services in terms of China’s education, culture, economy, trade, and so forth; promoting business relationships between the U.S. and China; and conducting language, cultural, and educational exchange activities between China and other countries.
Missions of the Confucius Institute:

The missions of establishing a Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri are: 

  • To bring Chinese language education to K-12 and university students in Columbia and Missouri; 
  • To enhance understanding of Chinese language and culture;
  • To widen and deepen cultural and educational exchange and cooperation between MU and China and between Missouri and China;
  • To enrich local community and Missouri’s culture;
  • To provide consultative services to economic development of Missouri and develop business relationship between Missouri and China; and
  • To prepare businessmen and professionals to work in a China-related environment in business, trade, investment, and finance with having experiences of Chinese culture and society.