The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis was established at IUPUI in 2007 through an agreement between The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and IUPUI in partnership with Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in China.
IUPUI is one of the great ventures in American higher education, bringing together the well-known strengths of Indiana University in the arts, music, humanities, and life sciences and the strengths of Purdue University in science and engineering. IUPUI has 22 schools with approximately 30,000 students. CI-Indianapolis is located in the very heart of the IUPUI campus. Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana State with a population of 1.25 million, the largest city in Indiana. It is the commercial, cultural, and political center of the State.
SYSU is located in Guangzhou city of Guangdong province in south China. It is named after the first president of modern China, Dr. Sun Yet-Sen who is an alumnus of the University. It has 29 schools with approximately 60,000 students. It has strong programs in the humanities, social sciences, business, law, and life sciences. SYSU is a top-ten university in China. Guangdong province has the long history of openness to the world and was the first region of economic reform in the early 1980s. It has become one of the major driving forces of China’s economy today.
The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis is led by an Executive Director with input and guidance from an Advisory Board. A Program Committee composed of representatives from local organizations is involved in the planning and executing the specific programs and projects.