About Us and the Confucius Institute
Confucius has been regarded as one of the most influential educators in Chinese history as well as in the world. Confucianism has been an important part of Chinese culture and has been widely appreciated in lots of parts of the world.
Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, established the first Confucius Institute in Seoul, S. Korea in 2004, as a joint organ to promote Chinese language and culture between universities in China and universities or educational entities overseas. The first Confucius Institute in the United States was established in University of Maryland in 2005. The Confucius Institute at UMass Boston was set up 2006 as the first one in Massachusetts and in New England. Now there are 144 Confucius Institute in North America and 440 in the world. Confucius Institute has become a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world as well as a bridge reinforcing friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world.
The Confucius Institute at UMass Boston was established in 2006 with two prestigious partners from China: Renmin University of China and it’s the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. Now the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston has become a resource center for Chinese language and culture as well as a platform for the communications and exchanges between the US and China.