The UCA Confucius Institute was formed in collaboration with the Office of Chinese Language Council International and Arkansas Department of Education. UCA's partner institution is East China Normal University (ECNU) located in Shanghai, China. Members of ECNU's senior administration serve on the UCA CI advisory board. Annual exchange of students and faculty between UCA and ECNU strengthens this relationship. The grand opening of UCA Confucius Institute for Arkansas was held on September 18-20,2008. Delegations from China include the East China Normal University and Chinese Consulate General in Houston.
In addition, the UCA Confucius Institute works with a number of multinational corporations, governmental agencies, NGOs, school districts, Chinese Americans, UCA Chinese alumni and other individuals or entities interested in China.