The Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island (URI) was established in 2007. It is located at URI¡¯s Kingston Campus.
The CI at URI is a non-profit joint venture between URI and the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) based in Beijing. Zhejiang University is its official Chinese higher education partner.
The CI is a productive platform that connects all URI¡¯s Chinese programs.URI Chinese Flagship Program (CFIP) , International Engineering Program (IEP) and the CI have been collaborating together at events for years. Students from CFIP and IEP programs are actively participating in events and competitions that are organized by the CI.
The CI has been successfully fostering student exchange between ZJU and URI. It organized URI students participating in the 2-weeks Winter Study Program at ZJU almost every year, and continues to have a close-knitted relationship with ZJU.
CI instructors are teaching on campus and off campus students, involved in Chinese major, Chinese Flagship and outreach teaching.There has been a steady increase in students declaring a Chinese major at URI. The CI has developed 17 partner schools in the RI public school system, and has three Confucius Classrooms established in Mantunck Elementary School, Shea High school and John D. O¡¯Bryant School of Mathematics and Science.
The CI has established an HSK Test Center and it currently offers five tests a year (HSK and HSKK) .
In addition, the CI held cultural activities like annual Speech Competition and Chinese Character Recognition Competition. The CI attaches importance to instructor¡¯s professional developments. Chinese Teacher training workshop organized by the CI has been going on for four years already. The CI is the co-sponsor of the National Conference of the Regional Chinese Language Teachers Associations, which attracted 19 regional Chinese teachers associations from across the country. Being the co-sponsor also helped to enhance the reputations of the CI.