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Brief Introduction

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit, public institute with the goal of promoting Chinese language and culture and supporting local Chinese teaching internationally through affiliated Confucius Institutes around the globe.

Confucius Institutes are established by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, headquartered in Beijing.

The University of Memphis is home to the first Confucius Institute in the state of Tennessee and the first in the Mid-South.

In conjunction with its partner institution, Hubei University in China, the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis promotes understanding of the Chinese language and culture among the people of the United States, develops friendly relations between the U. S. and China, accelerates the expansion of multiculturalism, and provides opportunities for students studying the Chinese language.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis will occupy the entire 11th floor of Wilder Tower beginning in early 2009. A statue of Confucius, designed by a local artist, will greet visitors to the Institute.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis is closely affiliated with the University’s new Asian Studies and International Trade program, whose aim is to provide students with the critical combination of skills that an increasing number of companies seek: international business knowledge, foreign language proficiency, cultural sensitivity and experience abroad. The program was created by an anonymous $1 million donation to the University.

The University of Memphis has long participated in educational exchanges with a number of universities in China, including Hubei University, its partner in the Confucius Institute.

A pilot institute was established in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in June 2004. The first Confucius Institute opened on November 21, 2004 in Seoul, Korea.

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Board of Advisors

Michael David Rudd, PhD

President, University of Memphis

Dr. Xiong Jianmin

President, Hubei University – Board Vice-Chair

To Be Announced

Provost, University of Memphis

Dr. Tom Nenon

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Memphis

Mr. Rudi Scheidt

Community Representative

Professor  Liu Guozhi

Director of the International Office, Hubei University

Dr. Hsiang-te Kung

Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis – Ex officio

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Our Staff

Dr. Hsiang-te Kung

Director of the CIUM and ASIT Programs

Full Tenured Professor In Geography

Yiping Yang

Associate Director

Associate Professor in English and Cross Cultural Studies

Dean of the International School at Hubei University

Riki H. Jackson

Assistant Director of the CIUM and ASIT Programs

Adjunct Professor in Chinese Abacus, Business, Economics, Marketing

Zhang Lin

Project Coordinator for the CIUM and ASIT Programs

Zhang Yue

Financial Officer of the CIUM

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Partner Institutions

Colleges & Universities

Hubei University

University of Memphis

K-12 Schools

Balmoral Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Bristol Tennessee City Schools, Bristol, TN

Bruce Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Campus School, Memphis, TN

Carter Lawrence Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Christ Methodist Day School, Memphis, TN

Downtown Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Dyersburg Intermediate School, Dyersburg, TN

Dyersburg Elementary School, Dyersburg, TN

Eakin Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Germanshire Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Goddard School, Collierville, TN

Goodlett Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Grace St. Luke's Episcopal School, Memphis, TN

Hillsboro High School, Nashville, TN

Hutchison School, Memphis, TN

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, Memphis, TN

Idlewild Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Jackson Elementary School, Memphis, TN

J.T. Moore Middle School, Nashville, TN

Johnson City Schools, Johnson City, TN

Julia Green Elementary School, Nashville, TN

Kingsport City Schools, Kingsport, TN

Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, TN

Lipman Early Childhood Center, Memphis, TN

Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN

Oak Forest Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Rose Park Magnet School, Nashville, TN

Sea Isle Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Sharp Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Sheffield Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN

South Park Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Springdale Elementary School, Memphis, TN

St. Agnes Academy, Memphis, TN

St. Dominic School, Memphis, TN

St. George's Independent School of Collierville, Collierville, TN

St. George's Independent School of Germantown, Germantown, TN

St. George's Independent School of Memphis, Memphis, TN

St. Mary's Episcopal School, Memphis, TN

Tennessee High School, Bristol, TN

White Station Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Willow Oaks Elementary School, Memphis, TN

Winchester Elementary School, Memphis, TN

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