Established in November 2007, the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is a collaboration between the University of Arizona and the Headquarters of Confucius Institute, Ministry of Education, Beijing, China. The mission of CIUA is to provide the university and local community with learning opportunities in Chinese language and culture with a specific focus on Chinese Health and Wellness culture.
CIUA and the CIUA US Director, report to the designated senior international leader at the UA - Brent White, Vice Provost for Global Affairs. CIUA operates as a unit of UA Global. CIUA employees report directly to the US Director. The CIUA is managed entirely by the University of Arizona, under Arizona and US laws.
Visiting scholars at CIUA include a Chinese Director and Chinese language and culture instructors who contribute to the CIUA instruction and outreach programs. The Chinese Director works closely with the US Director in supervising other CIUA visiting scholars and supporting CIUA programs. None of the CIUA visiting scholars have any decision-making authority on UA campus.
The CIUA board of directors has 5 members (including one Chair and one vice Chair) from the UA and 4 members (one vice Chair) from the CIUA's partner university, Shaanxi Normal University. The Board only has advisory functions.
CIUA offers non-credit courses on Chinese language, Chinese martial arts, Chinese health and wellness, Chinese music, and Chinese arts. These courses are fully controlled by the UA Global through the leadership of US Director of CIUA. The CIUA upholds and respects academic freedom per the UA policy on academic freedom (https://facultygovernance.arizona.edu/committee/44).
For inquires about the governance of the CIUA curriculum, academic freedom, and/or operations, please contact the UA Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Brent White.