Mission and History
The Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville will serve the people of Wisconsin and the Tri-State Region with high-quality programming in Chinese language and culture—for community members, businesses, and schools. It is a resource center, with more than 3,000 print and media materials.
- Provide Chinese language courses for community members, K-12, and university students
- Offer lectures to the tri-state community on Chinese culture, business, and language
- Host Chinese cultural events for community members
- Sponsor Chinese cultural programs at K-12 schools
- Make available reference materials for community and K-12 schools
- Partner with public and private entities to serve the tri-state community, businesses, and schools
- Advise individuals who wish to study, travel, or do business in China
The Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville is a collaborative project among:
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Hanban - The Office of Chinese Language Council International of the Chinese Ministry of Education
- South-Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China
If you would like to partner with the Confucius Institute or would like to recommend other services and programs, feel free to contact us.
The name of this institute is “Confucius Institute.” Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness in social relationships, justice, and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Legalism or Taoism during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD). Confucius’ thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism.
His teachings may be found in the Analects of Confucius, which was compiled many years after his death. Modern historians do not believe that any specific documents can be said to have been written by Confucius, but for nearly 2,000 years he was thought to be the editor or author of all the Five Classics such as the Classic of Rites, and the Spring and Autumn Annals.
To name this institute after Confucius shows the longevity and profundity of Chinese language and culture. It also embodies the development trend of the integration of Chinese language and culture into the world in the new century.