About the Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute is named after Confucius (551-478 B.C.), whose philosophy and teaching have influenced China and other East Asian countries for over 2500 years. The Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University was established in partnership with Hangzhou Normal University of China, with the sponsorship and authorization of the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education, China.
The mission of the Confucius Institute at Middle Tennessee State University (CIMTSU) is to enhance the understanding of Chinese language and culture, facilitate engagement with China and create opportunities for exchange and collaboration between communities in Tennessee and China. The Institute seeks to become a hub for China-related activities and a resource center for Chinese language, history, contemporary society and culture.