Kansas State University signed an agreement with China’s Hanban in June 2014 to establish a Confucius Institute on the Manhattan campus. Hanban is the worldwide headquarters of Confucius Institutes and is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Established a decade ago, Hanban has set up 440 Confucius Institutes in 120 countries and regions in the world to promote, enhance and elevate understanding of the Chinese language and culture as well as create exchanges between Chinese and U.S. academic institutions and communities. The Confucius Institute at K-State will also promote animal health, food safety and agro-security. The K-State institute is the 102nd Confucius Institute in the U.S.
Each Confucius Institute creates a partnership with a Chinese university to further related initiatives between China and the U.S. at the academic level. K-State's Chinese partner university is Jilin University — a leading national university under the direct jurisdiction of China's Ministry of Education, in Changchun, which is the capital city of Northeast China’s Jilin Province.
The Confucius Institute at K-State can help U.S. students who want to study Chinese language and culture so that they may get China-related jobs or study and work in China. The establishment of the institute at K-State will create a sustainable long-term partnership for the university community and be an instructional anchor for the central, southern and western regions in the state of Kansas for teaching and learning Chinese language through face-to-face language classes and culture event tours.
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