K-State Establishing Confucius Institute

Kansas State University is adding a Chinese language and cultural center called a Confucius Institute.

The university announced last week that it has signed an agreement with China’s language-teaching agency, the Hanban. A Confucius Institute already is located at the University of Kansas.

Through the program, universities partner with a Chinese school. Kansas State’s partner school is Jilin University in northeast China.

The host school providing space and an administrator in exchange for textbooks and money from the Hanban. Teachers receive a monthly salary from the Chinese government.

A grand opening ceremony is planned for early spring 2015. A delegation of Chinese dignitaries will attend.