About the Confucius Institute

The relationship between China and the United States is of the utmost importance, not only for the two nations but also for the entire world. In 2007, The University of Texas at Dallas and China Three Gorges University established the first Confucius Institute in Texas. Its purpose is to increase mutual respect and cooperation specifically between the people of China and the Southwest region by promoting the study of China's language, history and culture.

The Confucius Institute focuses but does not limit its activities to achieving the following goals:

  • Establishing a Regional Center for Promotion of Chinese Studies through outreach programs including:
    • Training and certification programs for teachers
    • Courses on Chinese language and culture for individuals and families
    • Serving as a testing site for Chinese Proficiency Examinations
    • Development of technologically sophisticated and attractive educational materials and programs designed for American students
    • Conducting The Confucius Salon, a free forum for the study and discussion of Confucianism
  • Promoting understanding of Chinese culture through Bidirectional Translation of Chinese and American Literature by:
    • Utilizing the resources of the UT Dallas Center for Translation Studies to sponsor conferences and workshops (in the United States and China) on translating to and from Chinese
    • Working to establish and endow an annual prize in Chinese Translation
    • Publishing articles in and special issues of the journal Translation Review devoted to Chinese literature
  • Expanding and enhancing opportunities for the study of Chinese history, literature and language by creating an Asian Studies Program at UT Dallas
  • Organizing and promoting exhibitions, lectures and artistic performances to increase public awareness and appreciation of past and current Chinese culture
  • Collaborating with other cultural institutions such as the Margaret and Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art to Promote scholarly research on China and Chinese culture