Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban or 汉办 ), Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was established in August 2008. Hanban is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization in China. Housed in the College of Education and Human Services, the Confucius Institute helps to better prepare CSU students and Northeast Ohio K-12 school students in terms of learning the Chinese language 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.
Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB or 首都经贸大学), based in Beijing, China, is CSU’s academic partner to further the CI's mission to promote understanding of Chinese language and culture in the communities served by the university. This partnership aims 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 Chinese language, cultural and educational resources, and services available to the public, and promotes cross-cultural interactions and communication in the State of Ohio that is featured by cultural diversity. Through Chinese language and cultural courses, conferences and cultural events such as the summer camp program, 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 in China.