Offering access to CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE to people of all ages in our region. Confucius Institute of KU
The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas (CIKU) is a unit of The University of Kansas. The Institute contributes to the outreach and public engagement mission of the University and enriches the international and multicultural dimension of academic life at the University.
The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas was established in 2006, in partnership with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and Central China Normal University (Wuhan, China).
Partial funding for the Institute is provided by Hanban. The Institute has also successfully competed for grants from the federal government and from other organizations. Faculty and graduate students from Central China Normal University participate in visiting scholar programs at the Institute, where they contribute to the research, instructional, and outreach activities of the Institute.
The Institute works with a wide variety of community organizations, including heritage groups, libraries, philanthropic organizations, and museums, as well as other KU units to leverage resources and offer high quality events and educational programming on Chinese language and culture to the public.
The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas is housed at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, with convenient proximity to the Kansas City business community and other participants in Confucius Institute public programs. The Institute also serves communities throughout the state of Kansas, including schools for which the Institute provides Chinese language and culture classes via distance learning.
As a unit of the University of Kansas, the Confucius Institute is supervised by the leadership of the University of Kansas, under the Kansas Board of Regents.
The Chancellor of the University of Kansas is the titular Director of the Institute and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute. The Institute is managed by the Executive Director, who reports to the Vice Chancellor of the KU Edwards on the daily operation of the Institute. The Confucius Institute Advisory Board provides advice and guidance on the overall direction of the Institute. The Executive Director also has an Executive Committee, formed of representatives from related units within the University, to advise the Executive Director on better ways of serving the needs of China-related programs of the University.
Confucius Institute Advisory Board
Bernadette Gray-Little Chancellor, University of Kansas (Chair)
Yang Zongkai President, Central China Normal University (Vice-Chair)
David Cook Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas Edwards Campus
Munro Richardson Co-Founder and CEO, LigoSphere, Kansas City, Missouri
Jeff Weinberg Lecturer, Honors Program, The University of Kansas
Confucius Institute Executive Committee
Sheree Willis Executive Director, Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas
Wu Jiangang Associate Professor, Central China Normal University; Chinese Partner Associate Director, Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas
Melissa Birch Associate Professor, School of Business
Maggie Childs Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Vickie Doll Chinese/Korean Studies Librarian, East Asian Library
Megan Greene Director, Center for East Asian Studies
Jun Fu Program Coordinator, Center for East Asian Studies
James Lichtenberg Associate Dean, School of Education
Mary Ryan Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Edwards Campus
Jeff Weinberg Lecturer, Honors Program
Jane Zhao Associate Professor, School of Business
(all University of Kansas unless otherwise noted)