Building on three decades of pioneering collaboration with educational institutions in China, UB was recently given the go-ahead to establish a Confucius Institute on campus. Part of a network of 250 Confucius Institutes worldwide, the Confucius Institute at UB is being created to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Western New York.
The Confucius Institute will be a collaborative initiative involving UB’s Asian Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences; the Confucius Institute Headquarters, which will provide major funding for the program; and Capital Normal University in Beijing, one of UB’s long-time partner institutions in China. The institute will be governed by a board of directors chaired by Stephen Dunnett, vice provost for international education and a dedicated champion of student and faculty exchange with China. In addition to Dunnett, the board will consist of three members from Capital Normal University and three members representing UB.
“We are honored to be invited to host a Confucius Institute at UB,” Dunnett said. “It is fitting that UB host a Confucius Institute, since this initiative of the Chinese government has been developed and overseen by Dr. Zhou Ji, minister of education in China and a distinguished alumnus of UB.”