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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 Friday Fall 2018 Semester

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

  • 1st meeting Fri. Sept. 14, 2018
  • Meet every Fri. until Nov. 16, 2018

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

Akron/Kaifeng Fall Semester 2018 Forums 
Bierce Library room 268

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

  • Every Tuesday Beginning October 9 - November 13, 2018
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm
  • November 6 & 13 5:30 - 6:30pm

This is the seventh year that the Confucius Institute, in collaboration with the Honors College and our partners at Henan University, has sponsored the Akron/Kaifeng Tuesday 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 Bierce Library room 268 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. 12 to Nov. 14, 2018
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Bierce Library room 279
  • No Registration Required