Launched in November 2009, the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan (CIUM) is an integral component of former president Mary Sue Coleman’s “China Initiatives” and U-M’s global arts program and activities. CIUM’s mission is promotion of China’s arts and culture within the U-M community and beyond, providing sites and activities for students, faculty, staff, and other community members to experience China’s finest expressions in architecture, calligraphy, ceramics, dance, music, painting, theatre, and other media, and to gain understandings about Chinese people and their culture. CIUM actively invites Chinese artists and scholars to visit Ann Arbor, and regularly sends U-M faculty and students to China for direct engagements with their Chinese counterparts.
China and the University of Michigan
In 2005, more than 128 years after former U-M president James Angell (3rd President) visited the country, former president Mary Sue Coleman (13th President) led a delegation to China to strengthen existing ties and establish new educational opportunities. The delegation also reinforced academic partnerships with a number of institutions.
CIUM could not have become a reality without the support of our partners in China: Hanban (汉办 Chinese Language Council International) and Renmin University of China (人民大学 People’s University Of China).