The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) supports education and research about Chinese language and culture at the University at Buffalo and throughout Western New York. UBCI plays three major roles at UB and in the community: (1) helping to develop and strengthen Chinese language programs; (2) fostering a better understanding of Chinese cultural traditions and contemporary China through language classes, cultural programs and exchange activities; and (3) developing and supporting China-related academic research and artistic production.
A Glimpse of China
UB Confucius Institute's first annual photo contest
Open to anyone living in Western New York, including students enrolled in local colleges or universities
Age divisions: K-8, high school, 18-and-over, and professional
Entry deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 11:59 p.m.
Entries must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a submission form
Finalists will be notified in advance that their photos will be displayed at the Confucius Institute Day celebration at UB on September 27
Symposium Honors Professor George C. Lee for Pioneering Work Developing UB Partnerships in China
Former Engineering Dean and Earthquake Center Director Presented with Confucius Educator Award
On May 5, 2015, the UB Confucius Institute sponsored a symposium in honor of George C. Lee, PhD, for his groundbreaking work helping develop UB's many successful relationships wtih Chinese universities and scholars. As Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (1978-1995), Professor Lee was selected by UB President Robert L. Ketter to travel to China in the early years of Deng Xiaoping's "Opening Up" policy and explore opportunities for collaboration. Relations progressed rapidly, and UB in 1980 became the first U.S. university to sign historic exchange agreements with the Beijing Municipal System of HIgher Education and UB's close institutional partners Capital Normal University, Beijing University of Technology, and Capital Medical University. The symposium was co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Education. The UB Confucius Institute is proud to have Professor Lee on it's board of directors and expresses tremendous gratitude for his pioneering work. We look forward to working with many others in the UB community and in China to continue the great legacy of Professor Lee. Read more . . .
Presentations by symposium participants
Professor Jiyuan Yu, UBCI Director, and Professor Stephen Dunnett,
Vice Provost for International Education and UBCI Board Chair,
present Confucius Educator Award to Professor George Lee, at right.
The UB Confucius Institute has donated a selection of Chinese and English-language materials about China and Chinese topics to the UB Libraries. In recognition of this and future gifts, a sign designating a Confucius Reading Area has been placed in Lockwood Library’s East Asian Collection, located on the lower level of the library. The newly-added titles cover a broad spectrum of topics. Highlights include 21 volumes of the Library of Chinese Classics, beautifully-illustrated books for children, and a variety of DVDs, many of which will be especially valuable for Chinese language learning. Find out more here.
Confucius Institute Funding Opportunities
The UB Confucius Institute offers funding opportunities for UB faculty and students involved in study, research, and artistic activity related to China, including:
Funding for UB faculty or graduate students to attend China-related conferences.
Faculty research grants for periods of two weeks to ten months.
Sponsorship/co-sponsorship of China-related conferences, symposia, workshops, and artistic productions in Buffalo, including graduate student conferences.
Publication and translation grants.
PhD scholarships for study at a Chinese university.
Dissertation fellowships for research in China.
Confucius Institute undergraduate scholarships for study at a university in China for a semester or academic year. Students who intend to be Chinese language teachers are especially encouraged to apply.
Summer Study Program Scholarships for undergraduates participating in UB's summer program at Capital Normal University in Beijing.
Young Leaders Program sponsors undergraduates to study in China for periods of two weeks to six months.
HSK Chinese Proficiency Test
The UB Confucius Institute now administers the HSK and YCT Chinese Proficiency Tests. Contact Associate Director Maggie Lu to find out about upcoming test dates in Buffalo. Advanced registration is required at least 10 days before the test. Click here to view the 2015 HSK/YCT brochure.