The UCA Confucius Institute for Arkansas was established in 2007 with East China Normal University (ECNU), one of the prestigious universities in China as its partner university. It is the 24th Confucius Institute created within the United States and one of 350 worldwide. It is the only such institute in Arkansas and one of the very few located in the South.
The mission of the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas is to strengthen the ties between the State of Arkansas and the People's Republic of China, to enhance the mutual understanding of each respective culture, to promote Chinese language and culture within the State of Arkansas. This is done in a variety of ways including “Teaching Chinese in Arkansas” program, cultural experience, business translation and consultation services, seminars, as well as cultural performances and exhibitions.
The UCA Confucius Institute exists to promote multi-disciplinary, multi-domain and multi-level exchanges and cooperation between East China Normal University (ECNU) and the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).The UCA Confucius Institute will align its various activities with the goals defined by the University of Central Arkansas Strategic Plan to promote cultural diversity in the university community.