Outreach to the local community is a pillar of the China Center's mission. Through public events and other local engagement, the China Center shares knowledge about China and Chinese culture and builds U.S-China bridges across the state.
China Center Events
The China Center hosts and co-sponsors a variety of events throughout the year, including the annual Bob and Kim Griffin Building U.S.-China Bridges Lecture. Check our calendar for upcoming events, or sign up for our mailing list to receive invitations.
Resources for Travel to China
The China Center maintains a list of University of Minnesota and community resources that may be helpful in planning a trip to Greater China.
Community Chinese Language Classes
The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota offers seven levels of Chinese language classes to the general public—from Beginning Chinese 1 to Chinese Rehab, a conversation class for advanced students. The Confucius Institute's Resource Center also stocks a range of travel, phrasebooks, and other China-related materials.
The China Center does not provide translation services to the general public; however, the Minnesota Trade Office maintains a list of translation companies for hire in Minnesota.
Intercultural Training for Businesses
For companies that do business in or with China—or those that plan to—the China Center works in collaboration with the Confucius Institute to provide customized cultural training workshops for the Minnesota business community. Please contact the China Center to learn more or to schedule a session.
The China Center is interested in meeting with the business community to discuss their China-related interests and how they can support the University of Minnesota's relationship with China. Please contact the China Center to learn more or to set up a meeting.