The Confucius Institute at the University of Idaho (UICI) was established on April 15th, 2013. 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 80 square feet of 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 four staff members, including two Co-directors from the University of Idaho and the South China University of Technology respectively, a Chinese language instructor from China, and a full-time administrative coordinator from the University of Idaho. The institute is expecting another two full-time teachers from China in the Fall 2014 semester.
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.