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Confucius Institute of the State of Washington

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington was officially opened on April 26, 2010, in order to expand and enhance the study of Chinese language and culture in Washington State. The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington is the first statewide Confucius Institute. It is a joint effort of the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing, China, and the University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, and the Alliance for Education (serving as fiscal agent) in Washington State, in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). It was established under an agreement signed in China on September 11, 2009 and an honorific Memorandum of Understanding signed at the University of Washington on April 26, 2010. OSPI's Social Studies/International Education and World Languages Program Supervisors both serve on the Confucius Institute Education Advisory Board. Through this partnership with the Confucius Institute, OSPI is able to develop and support Chinese language and culture programs offered throughout the state.

Visit the Confucius Institute Web site for more information, including:

  • Calendar - Register for workshops and classes offered at locations in the Seattle area and around the state
  • News - Get regular communications, sign up for eNews and eNewsletters
  • Programs - Learn about the Guest Teachers from China program with the College Board and Hanban and Chinese Bridge Delegation for school administrators (coming June 2011)
  • Resources - Check out resources for students and teachers and on China in Washington.

Download the Confucius Institute Brochure (PDF) or email


Opening of Confucius Institute
Opening of Confucius Institute on April 26, 2010. Left to right: Hanban Director-General Madame Xu Lin, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, Education Consular Officer Wei Shao of the PRC from San Francisco, and UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs Dr. Stephen Hanson.

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