Confucius Institutes Worldwide
With the rapid growth of China’s economic and cultural influence worldwide, there has been a corresponding growth in demand for Chinese language education. Drawing on the experiences of the UK, France, Germany, and Spain in promoting their respective national languages, China began, in 2004, a program of establishing non-profit institutions to promote Chinese language and culture worldwide. These are the Confucius Institutes.
Confucius Institutes worldwide have made remarkable achievements, and the program
is continuing to grow. By December 2014, 475 Confucius Institutes and 851 Confucius
Classrooms had been established worldwide, in 126 countries and regions.
Confucius Institutes and Classrooms adopt flexible teaching patterns and adapt to suit local conditions when teaching Chinese language and promoting culture in foreign primary schools, secondary schools, communities and enterprises.
Introduction of Confucius institute at CCSU
The Confucius Institute at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) seeks to expand and enrich Chinese language instruction and the appreciation of Chinese culture throughout Connecticut.
Operating in collaboration with Shandong Normal University, CCSU’s sister university in Shandong Province, China, the Confucius Institute at CCSU and is part of a worldwide Confucius Institute network under the auspices of the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban).
The Confucius Institute at CCSU is among 100 universities hosting Institutes in the USA. Worldwide, there are 475 Institutes in over 90 nations. The Confucius Institute at CCSU is the first established in Connecticut.
The Confucius Institute at CCSU seeks to expand study abroad opportunities for CCSU students, and to help make CCSU a magnet institution for each and every student with interest in Chinese culture or language. A library of 3000 titles, ranging from Chinese textbooks to Chinese history, poetry and literature is hosted by the Institute and is available to the public at CCSU’s Elihu Burritt Library.
Not limiting itself to campus activities, the Confucius Institute has reached out to offer a wide array of language and cultural programs to targeted Connecticut K-12 student populations, to community groups and to the general public.
The Confucius Institute at CCSU sits, organizationally, within CCSU’s Center for Public Policy and Social Research. It is of special significance that the efforts to bring a Confucius Institute to CCSU and Connecticut were initiated and pursued by the Center, which houses the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics. It was Governor O’Neill who, in 1986, travelled to China and established Connecticut’s ongoing sister-state relationship with Shandong Province.
Honoring the O'Neill legacy, the Confucius Institute serves as a fitting platform from which to further pursue Connecticut's cultural and academic exchanges with China.