Confucius Institute

Wayne State University's Confucius Institute concluded all programming as of January 30, 2021. Chinese academic courses at Wayne State continue through the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. For online Chinese language and cultural events and programs, please visit the Great Lakes Chinese Consortium.

History of the Confucius Institute

Established in January 2008, Wayne State's Confucius Institute offered Chinese language and cultural programs for K-12 schools, the university community, and professional communities throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond. Located within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the institute was launched with the support of Hanban (Chinese Language Council International) and Wayne State's partnering Chinese institution, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan. Its signature programs included the annual Michigan China Quiz Bowl, an annual Chinese-language teachers' conference, summer camps for middle and high school students, a K-12 outreach program, study abroad opportunities in China, and a You Tube channel dedicated largely to teaching Chinese idioms called "Learn a Chinese Phrase."