The Confucius Institute at the University of Idaho (UICI) was established on April 15, 2013 as the first Confucius Institute in the State of Idaho. It has been in full operation since August 2013. The Institute is housed within the University of Idaho’s historic Administration Building, providing the program excellent visibility. The office spaces and a new Chinese library are modern, welcoming and frequently visited by senior university officials and students interested in learning more about China, its language and culture.
The Institute currently has ten staff members, including two co-directors from the University of Idaho and the South China University of Technology, five Chinese language instructors, two martial arts instructors and a full-time administrative coordinator from the University of Idaho.
The institute is swiftly developing language instruction and cultural exchange programs for the local communities. It has also begun the process of expanding its outreach programs to other areas such as the Coeur d’Alene region and southern Idaho. The Confucius Institute’s arrival to the Inland Northwest has been welcomed with much excitement from parents, educators and business leaders.
Missions and Goals
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute's mission is to further the understanding of Chinese language and culture, to encourage faculty and student exchange and to foster economic development between the United States and China. In this endeavor, the university is partnering with the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.
The establishment of UICI is part of the university strategy to reinforce its role as a leading research and teaching center in the world. Working with the University’s existing network of partners in the education, business and third sectors, the Confucius Institute will be a focus for promoting greater appreciation and understanding of Chinese culture and in supporting the increasing collaboration between Idaho and China. It aims to become a best possible Chinese teaching and learning center in the Northwest of the U.S. & a most distinctive CI in the world. UICI aims to achieve sustainable integration of Chinese language, culture and engagement into campus and regional community life.
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, UI emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. UI combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.