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Confucius Institute

Your gateway to Chinese language and culture

The University of Akron's Confucius Institute is part of an international network, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture around the world.

The Confucius Institute promotes the expansion of Chinese language instruction through a range of educational and outreach activities for students, teachers, businesses and community members...on our campus and in our communities.

The Confucius Institute is a cooperative project of The University of Akron, the National Office of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Chinese Ministry of Education and Henan University in Kaifeng, China.

For more information, contact us at 330-972-2013 or 

'Chinese Corner' every Thursday Fall Semester 2019

The Confucius Institute is sponsoring a Chinese Corner on Thursday afternoons
from 12 - 1pm in Bierce Library 61.

  • 1st meeting Thurs. Sept 19, 2019
  • Meet every Thurs. until Nov. 21, 2019

Join us from noon to 1pm to practice your Chinese language skills and deepen
cross-cultural interactions on our campus.

Akron/Kaifeng Fall Semester 2019 Forums every Wednesday
Leigh Hall room 215

Please encourage your students to join us for these open conversations with their peers in Kaifeng...

  • Every Wednesday Beginning September 18 to November 20, 2019
  • Sept. 18 & 25 from 6:30 - 7:30pm
  • Nov 6 to Nov 20 from 5:30-6:30pm

This is the eighth year that the Confucius Institute, in collaboration with the Honors College and our partners at Henan University, has sponsored the Akron/Kaifeng Wednesday Forum Series. 

These are informal, student-to-student conversations about whatever topics the student participants agree to focus on.  We use the distance education technology in Leigh Hall room 215 to create a virtual living room, where UA students sit with peers from Henan University in Kaifeng and share their ideas.  Join us!

Lunch Time Chinese Language Classes

For all UA faculty and staff a one hour Chinese language class taught by visiting
Professor Run Guo.

  • Free classes will meet every Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Nov. 20, 2019
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Bierce Library room 61
  • No Registration Required