The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) is the first statewide Confucius Institute. It was established under an agreement signed in China on September 11, 2009 by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in 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.

On May 27, 2014, former president of the University of Washington Michael K. Young signed a formal letter confirming continuous collaboration on the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (for a second five-year term), followed by another renewal letter from Superintendent Larry Nyland, Seattle Public Schools, on September 24, 2014. (View the CIWA MOU 2010 and Renewal Letters 2014.)

The agreement was renewed by Seattle Public Schools on April 2, 2019.

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington is made possible with the support of our partners in China: Sichuan University and Chongqing Municipal Education Commission.

Links to CIWA’s Agreement Documents: