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Confucius Institute at Old Dominion University

The mission of the Confucius Institute at Old Dominion University (CIODU) is to promote understanding between the citizens of the United States and the people of China. Using the tools of language, cultural appreciation and scholarly initiatives, the CIODU helps individuals and organizations engage in mutually productive partnerships.


Offering assistance with economic development opportunities; a strong history of teaching and research in Asian and China-related fields; an understanding of China's history, literature and art; and an emphasis on strengthening Chinese language instruction at ODU and in the region's private and public schools: the CIODU, in partnership with Minzu University in Beijing, is uniquely equipped to bridge the distance between the Chinese and American peoples.