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UKCI's Core Missions

Our Vision: To serve as Kentucky’s gateway to China in the areas of education, arts/culture, and business.

In our role as a crucial link between China and Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) seeks to enhance individuals’ understanding of China through programs and partnerships that center on Chinese language, culture, arts and business and that specifically reach out supporting universities, K-12 schools, and communities throughout the Commonwealth.

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute’s focus is threefold. It serves as a conduit for UK’s China initiatives; provides leadership and support for the Chinese language and culture programs in Kentucky’s K-12 classrooms; and functions as a hub for Chinese culture by providing authentic Chinese cultural programs that educate and enhance understanding of China for audiences all across the Commonwealth.

The primary objective of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute is to support the core mission of the University of Kentucky by serving as an instrument for programs that lead both students and faculty toward more informed global citizenship and heightened intercultural competency. Within this framework, the UKCI provides support for the University of Kentucky and its colleges to identify, cultivate, and sustain strategic partnerships with Chinese institutions. Through these partnerships, we create teaching, researching, learning, and internship opportunities for faculty and students. In addition, we offer co-curricular and learning pathway programs on the UK campus to supplement learning, teaching, and research about China.

Moreover, the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute is a statewide leader in supporting K-12 education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. UKCI’s K-12 Chinese Language, Culture Development, and Enhancement Program (KCLCDEP) helps Kentucky schools to foster and support global readiness programs with a focus in Chinese language and culture. In addition to developing and establishing these programs at Kentucky schools, the UKCI offers multiple China Study Trips for high school students and Kentucky educators each summer. During the school year, our Chinese Language and Culture Showcase Programs provide co-curricular and learning pathway programs for K-12 schools.

The UKCI is also the Chinese culture hub for the Commonwealth. We not only provide classes in Chinese language and Chinese traditional arts to members of the community, but also bring authentic Chinese cultural programs and performances to locales around the state.