The Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas (CIKU) is a cooperative project of the University of Kansas, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, and Huazhong Normal University.
Established in 2006, the Confucius Institute of the University of Kansas is dedicated to “enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture” in our region.
Drawing on the extensive resources for the study of China at the University of Kansas, CIKU serves the people of Kansas, the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, and the larger Great Plains region with high quality public programming.
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The Confucius Institue provides Mandarin classes for adults at various degrees of competencies as well as culture classes such as Calligraphy and Brushwork.
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The Confucius Institue sponsors Chinese cultural events such as Chinese New Years Gala as well as forums and workshops on Chinese issues.
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The summer Culture Camp is where children can learn more about Chinese culture and Chinese heritage.
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Schools not in the immediate Kansas City area can have the same access to our instructors using the Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) program.
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Every year, the Confucius Institute takes the Kansas Asia Scholars on a fieldtrip to China where they can learn first hand about the country, its culture, and its heritage.
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At the summer Language Camp, children learn to speak, read, and write Mandarin using games and other fun activities.
STARTALK is a summer camp for high school students that lets them learn to speak, read, and write Chinese through an interactive process involving teaching, games, and shooting videos.