Confucius Institute at UMass Boston
The Confucius Institute at UMass Boston was established in 2006 with two prestigious partners from China: Renmin University of China and the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China. 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 U.S. and China.
As China's economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth, there has also been a sharp increase in the world's demands for Chinese learning. Benefiting from the UK, France, Germany and Spain's experience in promoting their national languages, China began its own exploration through establishing nonprofit public institutions which aim to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries in 2004: these were given the name the Confucius Institute. Confucius Institutes/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.
Who is Confucius?
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/Confucius Institute Headquarters
Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, established the first Confucius Institute in Seoul, South 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 107 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and 500 in the world. The 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.