ABOUT OUR CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban or 汉办 ), the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was established in August 2008. Hanban is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization in China. The Confucius Institute helps to better prepare CSU students, Northeast Ohio K-12 school students, and members of the community at large in terms of learning Chinese language and developing an understanding of China's arts and culture. It also serves as a bridge to connect Cleveland State University and local business community to related Chinese institutions for academic and business cooperation.
CSU’s academic partner to further the CI's mission is the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB or 首都经贸大学), based in Beijing, China. The partnership between the CI, CUEB, and CSU exists to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between China and the United States. CUEB provides trained personnel to assist the Confucius Institute at CSU achieve its core mission.
To carry out Hanban’s mission, the Confucius Institute at CSU makes resources and services available to the public and promotes cross-cultural interactions and communication throughout the state of Ohio. Through Chinese language and cultural courses, conferences, and cultural events, the Confucius Institute at CSU provides a variety of opportunities for CSU students, Northeast Ohio K-12 school students, and local residents to learn the Chinese language and experience the Chinese culture both abroad and around the Cleveland area.