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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).

Opening Ceremony of the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas May 4, 2006

Opening Ceremony of the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas May 4, 2006

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

Douglas A. Girod    Chancellor, University of Kansas (Chair)

(In Transition)        President, Central China Normal University (Vice-Chair)

Rick Ginsberg         Dean, School of Education, The University of Kansas

Jeff Weinberg    Lecturer, Honors Program, The University of Kansas

To be named       Additional member

Confucius Institute Committee of Advisors to the Executive Director 

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

Jeff Weinberg    Lecturer, Honors Program

Jane Zhao    Associate Professor, School of Business

(all University of Kansas unless otherwise noted)

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Upcoming Events
2018 Asian Culture Festival
Overland Park Convention Center | Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Information Here
Chinese Community Classes Spring 2018
Edwards Campus | January 31- May 02, 2017 | Form Available: December 11, 2017
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