About the Confucius Institute Mission

CIAU's mission is to encourage and enable people to discover the fascinating language and rich culture of China. We serve as a platform for cultural exchange, as well as a bridge of friendship and cooperation between Chinese and American people.

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CIAU is dedicated to providing first-class resources and services to meet the needs of people of all ages and from all walks of life. We want to help people explore their interest in Chinese civilization, to open new doors for those who seek future opportunities for learning, growth, and business, to build cultural understanding among humankind in order to successfully cooperate in today's era of globalization, and to contribute to building a multicultural society and a peaceful world.

To achieve this goal, we provide teachers educational resources, and media materials for schools and communities across western New York.

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Tai Chi class holding a banner that says Alfred Tai Chi

When was CIAU founded?

The Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) was established in October 2008 with the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters/ Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), Alfred University (AU) and China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). It is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes dedicated to sharing Chinese language, culture, ethics, and philosophy. CIAU is affiliated directly under the Provost and Chief Operating Officer Office at Alfred University.

Agreement 1, agreement 2 and video.

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