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Officials from Jiangxi Normal University in Nanching, China, and the University of Illinois signed an agreement establishing a Confucius Institute at the Urbana campus during an event Nov. 21, 2013.
For over a century, the University of Illinois has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of engagement with China. In fact, between 1910 and 1950, more than 25 percent of all Chinese students who came to the United States to pursue their higher education chose to attend the University of Illinois. Today, the University of Illinois ranks second among all universities in the U.S. with respect to the number of international students enrolled, with a significant portion coming from China.
To view a documentary about the long history between the university and China, visit:
Illinois offers academic expertise on China across the breadth of the disciplines and professional fields, coordinated under the umbrella of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, a federally-supported National Resource Center. We are home to an extensive and increasingly integrated array of academic partnerships that encompass engagements with China’s top national and key regional universities.
Here are just some China resources available at Illinois:
The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center in partnership with Indiana University East Asian Studies Center. CEAPS is one of the most vibrant interdisciplinary programs on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEAPS supports teaching and research on topics related to Asia Pacific across all disciplines, and works actively with all academic units and student groups to promote and enhance campus-wide understanding of Asia Pacific.
China Executive Leadership Programs (CELP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has provided superior executive education programs for senior officials and managers from Chinese businesses and government agencies since 1993. CELP has hosted almost 200 delegations. More than 4,000 high-level business leaders, scientists, government officials, bankers, and academicians from every region of China have graduated from the China Executive Leadership Programs.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is the official organization for overseas Chinese students and scholars registered in most colleges, universities, and institutions outside of China. CSSA is mostly responsible for helping away-from-home Chinese in their life, study, work, and other issues. CSSA also serves as a bridge between the Chinese and other communities, spreading Chinese culture.
The CSSA @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is a chapter within the CSSA organization. We are responsible for providing the opportunities for the students and scholars of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the general public to explore the Chinese cultures through building friendships with the Chinese students and scholars.
East Asian Languages and Cultures is a department in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The department offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major and minor, Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The department offers courses in the languages, literatures, societies, and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea.
The College of Education is expanding its presence and outreach in Asia through a new program called the Greater China Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative, which allows for a College staff member to be based in Shanghai for the 2012-13 academic year, is to advance both the global influence and the international impact of the College of Education by promoting faculty expertise, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, non-degree certificate programs, contract projects, and alumni events there.