Registration is now for levels III-VI and will close on Wednesday, April 10. 


7th Global Confucius Institute Conference

The 7th Global Confucius Institute Conference was held in Beijing, China from December 16-18, 2012.  Dr. Donald McCloud, director of the Confucius Institute at WMU, and Dr. Bassam Harik, associate provost of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, attended the conference along with Confucius Institute representatives from around the world. 


International Education Week 2012

The Confucius Institute welcomes the community to participate in two cultural activities it is hosting as part of WMU's celebration of International Education Week 2012.

1. China Quiz Bowl—6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center.

2. Window to China—2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Room 210 of the Bernhard Center.


WMU at Inland Lake School Asia Festival

Staff of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University and its Soga Japan Center participated in an Asia Festival on October 18, 2012 hosted by the Inland Lake School in Indian River, Mich.
About 60 seventh and eighth graders participated in the festival, where they learned about Asian culture, crafts and cooking. WMU staff included, Jun Zeng, Yin Long and Linjia Jiang from the Confucius Institute and Michiko Yoshimoto, outreach coordinator for the Soga Japan Center. 


Window to China 2012

Time: Nov 14.2012 Wednesday from 2-5p.m

Location: Bernhard Center 210


Quiz Bowl 2012

Time: Nov 13.2012 Tuesday from 6-8p.m

Location: Bernhard Center  157


2012 Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

The Mid-Autumn Festival (simplified Chinese: 中秋节; traditional Chinese: 中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. A description of the festival first appeared in Rites of Zhou, a written collection of rituals of the Western Zhou Dynasty from 3,000 years ago. The celebration became popular during the early Tang Dynasty. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox. 


Chinatown Trip

The Confucius Institute at WMU hosted a trip for Portage Public Schools second grade Chinese language students and their families to Chicago’s Chinatown for a cultural experience and an opportunity to use their Chinese language skills. Participants traveled by coach bus to Chinatown where they were met with a tour guide. The tour included stops at the famous Nine Dragon Wall, the Buddhist temple, the Chinatown gate, the Chinese Catholic church and included lots of history and fun facts on the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Chinatown areas.   


Chinese Culture Classes Open to Campus and Community

Registration has opened for fall 2012 Confucius Institute Chinese culture classes on painting, calligraphy, Chinese language, language tutoring, life and culture, and tai chi. Classes are open to campus and the public.

Program fees are discounted for WMU students and area senior citizens; no fee for WMU faculty and staff for most classes. Participants who successfully complete a class will be eligible to receive Confucius Institute scholarships for study abroad in China at the end of the session.

Registration for classes is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the course fee must be paid at the first class. To learn more and to register for a course, please visit the Culture Classes page of the Confucius Institute website: Culture Classes, or e-mail: wmu-confucius-cc@wmich.edu