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    Seattle Public Schools is proud to be a partner with the University of Washington in the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA). CIWA supports many important Chinese Language initiatives in our district, including:

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    About Confucius Institutes and CIWA

    Confucius Institutes are a non-profit initiative of the Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China. Over 500 Confucius Institutes have been established in 130 countries around the world, with over 100 in the United States.

    The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) is the first statewide Confucius Institute. It was established under an agreement signed in China on September 11, 2009 by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in China (Hanban), the University of Washington, and Seattle Public Schools. An honorific Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the University of Washington on April 26, 2010 by Governor Chris Gregoire, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Maria Goodloe-Johnson, University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise (signing for President Mark Emmert), and Mme. Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban.


    The CIWA Office is housed in the University of Washington Office of Global Affairs as part of a strategy for developing stronger educational ties with China, promoting Chinese language and culture learning across the State of Washington, and strengthening educational and cultural exchange and collaboration between China and Washington. The Confucius Institute Education Center is located in the Chief Sealth International High School building in West Seattle.

    Dr. Jeffrey Riedinger, the Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington, chairs the Confucius Institute Board of Directors. Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator for Seattle Public Schools, chairs the Education Advisory Board for the Confucius Institute Education Center.

    For more information, see the Agreements signed by the University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, the Governor, and Hanban: