Centennial Place

Nurturing multiculturalism.

Welcome to the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM), home to the Asian Studies and International Trade (ASIT) degree program. Here, you can learn about our important programs, study-abroad opportunities, our ASIT undergraduate degree, our K-12 school partnerships, our teachers, our research, and professional development opportunities.

Twice since our founding, the CIUM has been selected as one of the top Confucius Institutes in the world. We owe that distinction to our extraordinary teachers and strong leadership. Our director, Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, is a 75th direct descendant of Confucius and a 30 year tenured professor at the University of Memphis. Under his remarkable leadership, the CIUM has grown exponentially.

The mission of the CIUM is to build a bridge between the Mid-South region and East Asia, providing additional opportunities and resources to teach, promote, and provide Chinese language and cultural programs and classes as well as additional programs as it relates to East Asia in Japan and South Korea.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest and support.