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 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 now to replace the Confucius Institute with 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.  The University will continue to offer the non-credit Chinese language & culture courses currently under way for winter term and those scheduled for spring term.  All such courses will be taught remotely.  For avoidance of doubt, both due to the University’s decision to end the Confucius Institute program and to the many public health constraints during the COVID-19 pandemic that have essentially blocked the hosting of any public events or activities or most in-person work by employees on the University campus, with the exception of the non-credit courses noted above, there will be no further Confucius Institute events or activities of any kind during the winter and spring quarters of 2021.  The University regrets any inconvenience that may result from this ending of the Confucius Institute program.  Thank you, and please stay safe and healthy – we will all get through these difficult days together!

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Welcome to the Confucius Institute @ Portland State University

Launched in May 2007, and the first to be established in the Northwest U.S., the Confucius Institute at Portland State University (CIPSU) is an integral component of the Office of International Affairs programs and activities. With the support of our sponsor,  the Centre for Language Education and Cooperation (中外语言交流合作中心) and our partner, Soochow University (苏州大学) in China, the goal of CIPSU is to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture in the greater Portland area and to foster mutually beneficial educational exchanges between the United States and China.

CIPSU’s offerings include non-degree Chinese language and culture courses for pre-K and K-12 students; college and graduate students; business, corporate, and government employees; and the general public. In addition, CIPSU offers Chinese language teacher professional development and training; Chinese proficiency HSK/YCT/BCT tests; academic programs and lecture series related to Chinese culture and contemporary China; and scholarships for PSU and Oregon students. The Institute also organizes and hosts local, regional, national, and international conferences, forums, symposiums, and seminars.

CIPSU hosts visiting faculty from China and has a board of directors drawn from the greater Portland area. The board consists of professors from Portland State University and other educational institutions, as well as Portland-area businesses and individuals with a strong interest in China.

Confucius Institute at PSU