Confucius Institutes are a non-profit initiative of the Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China. Over 250 Confucius Institutes have been established in 90 countries around the world, with nearly 70 in the United States.
“Confucius Institutes devote themselves to satisfying the demands of people from different countries and regions in the world who learn the Chinese language, to enhancing understanding of the Chinese language and culture by these peoples, to strengthening educational and cultural exchange and cooperation between China and other countries, to deepening friendly relationships with other nations, to promoting the development of multi-culturalism, and to construct a harmonious world.”
- Constitution of Confucius Institutes
The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington is the first statewide Confucius Institute. It has been established under an agreement signed in China on September 11, 2009 by the Ministry of Education of China (Hanban), the University of Washington, and Seattle Public Schools. An honorific Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the University of Washington on April 26, 2010 by Governor Chris Gregoire, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Maria Goodloe-Johnson, University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise (signing for President Mark Emmert), and Mme. Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban.
The Confucius Institute Office is located on the UW campus in the College of Engineering, which has hosted several of the UW’s exchange programs with China.
The Confucius Institute Education Center was temporarily located at Denny International Middle School in Seattle during spring 2010. As of fall, 2010, the Confucius Institute Education Center has moved to the new Chief Sealth International High School building in West Seattle.
Dr. Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington, chairs the Confucius Institute Board of Directors. Karen Kodama, International Education Administrator for Seattle Public Schools, chairs the Education Advisory Board for the Confucius Institute Education Center.
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