The GW Confucius Institute was established in 2013 to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and encourage increased research in China studies. Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.), GW's Confucius Institute is one of 430 across the world and the first in Washington, D.C. GW President Steven Knapp serves on the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the governing body of institutes worldwide.
Hanban is the Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing, China, which is overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International and affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Hanban provided GW with start-up funding and teaching resources, including 3,000 volumes of Chinese language books and audio-visual materials, and access to online courses.
Since 2007, Hanban has sponsored nine visiting fellows at GW. Thanks, in part, to the dedication of these coaches and tutors, GW students have won first place in the China Bridge Speech Contest for the Mid-Atlantic region for the past two years.
Nanjing University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious institutions, is known for its academic and research excellence as well as its advanced teaching and facilities. Since 2011, Nanjing University has co-sponsored the greater Washington, D.C. region’s Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest, a rigorous competition for non-native students. Also sponsoring the event were the Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center and GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.