The Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, established in 2008, offers many resources to the campus and community alike.
Confucius Institutes are nonprofit institutions dedicated to the teaching of the Chinese language and the understanding of Chinese culture among world Chinese language learners and Chinese culture lovers, intended to help build friendly relationships with other countries. Named after Confucius (551-479 B.C.), a great thinker, educator, and philosopher in Chinese history, whose philosophical ideas such as “Harmony is the most valuable of all things” have permeated Chinese society and influenced the Chinese way of thinking for thousands of years, Confucius Institutes demonstrate the longevity and depth of the Chinese language and culture and embody the trend of integrating the Chinese language and culture into a global society in the 21st century.
The services Confucius Institutes offer include teaching the Chinese language, training Chinese language instructors and providing Chinese language teaching resources, conducting HSK examinations (Chinese Proficiency Tests) and tests for the Certificate of Chinese Language Teachers, and organizing language and cultural exchange activities between China and other countries.