About Us

Confucius Institute Organization

Hanban (汉办) (also known as the Confucius Institute headquarters) is the pinyin abbreviation for the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language,  a branch of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The Confucius Institute (CI), one of the branches of Hanban, whose mission is to teach Chinese language and culture worldwide has grown to over 400 institutes around the world. The first CI was opened in 2004 in South Korea.

The NC State CI was opened in 2007, through a partnership with Nanjing Normal University, and was the first in the Southeast region of the United States.

To learn more about the Confucius Institute please see our CI fact sheet.

Alignment with University Strategic Plan:

NC State CI’s Strategic Plan follows NC State’s major goals as outlined in the NC State Strategic Plan specifically Goal 1 (Enhancing Student Success through Educational Innovation) and Goal 5 (Enhancing Global Engagement). The Confucius Institute’s Strategic Plan also follows the Office of Global Engagement (OGE) Strategic Goals specifically Goal 1 (Provide leadership and central support to enhance global engagement at home and abroad) and Goal 5 (Increase global extension, engagement and economic development activities).

NC State CI Major Goals and Strategic Plan:

  1. To become a Chinese language and culture center at NC State and in the community. (Goal 1 and 5)
  2. To train and support local teachers to meet the growing demand of Chinese language teachers in NC. (Goal 1)
  3. Enhance engagement, extension and contract training among organizations and businesses. (Goal 1)
  4. To increase and support Confucius Classrooms in NC. (Goal 1)
  5. To increase marketing and visibility to create sustainable programs. (Goal 1)

Our Partners

The CI at NC State is honored to have Nanjing Normal University (NNU) as our Chinese partner institution. NNU is located in the beautiful and historic city of Nanjing, China. NNU is known for its strength in Chinese Language instruction and we are happy to welcome such talented teachers from NNU to teach at our CI.

Quick Stat

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Since our Opening in 2007, As of Fall 2017

Over 30,000 students have studied Chinese through our programs
(of that number 12,008 were NC State students, faculty or staff)

We have hosted Chinese cultural events with over 636,000 people attending those events
(of that number 316,000 were NC State students, faculty or staff)

We have trained over 1,330 Chinese language teachers

Over 258 students have traveled to China
(of that number 70 were NC State students)

Over 2,497 participants across the State of NC have competed in our annual Chinese Language Competition

610 participants have taken the Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK/YCT)
(of that number 84 were NC State students)

39 participants were awarded the CI Scholarship to study abroad in China
(of that number 13 were NC State students).