The Confucius Institute was established as an important part of internationalization efforts at the University of Utah. This institute's founding was made possible by generous financial support from the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban) and John Huntsman, Sr., as well as strong support from then-Governor John Huntsman, Jr. The Confucius Institute at the University of Utah's currently partners with Sichuan University in China.
The programs and activities of the Confucius Institute aim to expand knowledge and understanding of China and its multi-faceted importance for the state of Utah. Programming includes China-related cultural activities such as films, musical performances, and art exhibits, as well as public lectures on Chinese society, culture, and history. All of these events are open to the University of Utah campus and the wider community. The institute offers Chinese language courses with varied and flexible scheduling at a variety of levels and degrees of intensity, including evening, weekend, and summer intensive courses, for people in the wider community who wish to learn Chinese. We promote the study of Chinese language and culture in schools at the K-12 level, offering teacher workshops and developing educational resources. Finally, the institute offers seminars for the business community on topics of relevance to business ventures in China. As former University of Utah President Michael K. Young pointed out, the Confucius Institute can bring significant benefits not only to the University of Utah, but also to the entire state of Utah.
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH ANNUAL REPORTS