Confucius Institute at PSU

January 28, 2021

After considerable discussion and debate within the Portland State University community, including collective input from faculty, administrators, students and members of the public and after a formal study by the Office of International Affairs (“OIA”), the University has decided for a range of financial, staffing and operational reasons to end its Confucius Institute program previously operated for 13 years through OIA.  The University is truly grateful for all that the Confucius Institute program, and its dedicated staff and Board of Directors (pictured above) have accomplished in terms of building better cultural understanding and appreciation between the University community and the general public on the one hand and Chinese institutions of higher education and other resources from China on the other hand, particularly in the areas of Chinese language training and exposure to Chinese music, fine arts and cuisine. 

The University intends to offer a variety of other programs and resources, including what will hopefully be renewed and expanded direct academic ties with the faculty, students and staff at Soochow University in China.