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Welcome to the China Institute at the University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts has been committed to international engagement since our third president, William Smith Clark, was invited to Japan in 1876 to help establish the Sapporo Agricultural College on the island of Hokkaido (now the University of Hokkaido). Since that time, the University has continued to seek opportunities to partner, educate, research and serve beyond the Commonwealth’s borders.

The China Institute was created to better serve and support the University’s engagement with China and acts as the management arm for the University’s China programs.  It is intended to be a resource not only for the University campuses, but for the people of the Commonwealth and offers language, cultural and business training to corporations and government agencies that would like to learn how to better work with China.

The University’s official China Strategy, initiated 2007, continues to be reinforced by our close partnership with Tsinghua University and by the establishment of New England’s first Confucius Institute at the Boston campus. The collaborative activities that have since evolved include the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Base and the Academic Bridge Program.

In addition, UMassOnline has partnered with China Education and Research Network (CERNET) and China Continuing Education Association (CCEA) to position UMass as one of the first foreign university approved to offer online education courses and degree programs in China. The UMass, CERNET relationship was instrumental in CERNET’s choosing to open their first US office, the Massachusetts Education and Research Base in Marlborough.