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About the Confucius Institute at UK

The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky is a center for Chinese language, culture, art and business. A gateway to China for the university and the Commonwealth, the Institute serves as a conduit for many of UK’s China initiatives, facilitating a range of China exchange programs across the campus and beyond. The Institute also works to strengthen China Studies at the university, while at the same time providing leadership and support for Chinese language programs in Kentucky’s K-12 classrooms, and forging important community relationships through Chinese cultural outreach to people in the Commonwealth.

The UK Confucius Institute came about in 2010 as a result of careful planning and thought by UK faculty and administration, who from the outset consulted with top China scholars around the U.S. The Confucius Institute conforms fully to the university’s policies regarding grant management and academic freedom. UK faculty have exclusive purview over academic matters at UK, and neither the UK Confucius Institute nor Chinese government has control over these matters.

The UKCI works closely with the various colleges and Education Abroad at the University of Kentucky to facilitate faculty and student exchange programs. In addition to its support of campus activities, the UKCI organizes annual Chinese cultural events and offers classes in conversational Chinese, business Chinese, and Chinese art and culture to the community.  The UKCI assists K-12 schools with their Chinese Language programs and provides professional development to Chinese teachers throughout the Commonwealth. Additional UKCI support for K-12 programs include school visits by artists and scholars, field trips, spring and summer Chinese language and culture camps, and scholarships for summer study in China for high school students and Kentucky educators.

The China Studies program at UK operates as an academic program within the College of Arts & Sciences with full authority over its curriculum and content. At the discretion of the China Studies program, Confucius Institute-funded instructors may teach Chinese language courses, after being interviewed and hired by the Program. The instructors adopt the pedagogical approaches and textbooks selected by the China Studies program.

UK proudly supports multiple viewpoints in its commitment to academic freedom. Through the University’s Confucius Institute the university also demonstrates its commitment to internationalization through intercultural understanding, exchange and development.

Board Members:

President Eli Capilouto, University of Kentucky
Coach John Calipari, University of Kentucky
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holiday
Vice President for Development Mike Richey, University of Kentucky
Associate Provost for Internationalization Susan Carvalho, University of Kentucky
President Luo Hongjie, Shanghai University
Vice president Wu Song, Shanghai University

Steering Committee:

Anna Brzyski, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts
Goldstein, Beth, Associate Professor, Chair of Department of Education Policy, College of Education
Alicia Vinsen, World Language Coordinator,  Fayette County Public Schools
Theodore Schatzki, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Jeanmarie  Rouhier-Willoughby, Professor and Department Chair of Modern and Classical Languages
Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost for Internationalization
Jacque Van Houten, World Language Coordinator, Jefferson County Public Schools