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Mission and Goals




In partnership with Shaanxi Normal University, the Confucius Institute at the University of North Florida will facilitate the acquisition of Chinese language skills and promote mutual understanding cultures among UNF students and faculty as well as the greater Jacksonville community. UNF and Shaanxi Normal University have shared an important collaborative relationship since 2004. Through language development, the Institute aims to broaden and deepen our community’s understanding of Chinese culture, history and philosophy, and how Chinese culture helps enrich social and economic cultures throughout the world. Students, faculty and the community will engage in a process of coming to appreciate Chinese contributions to world culture.




The Confucius Institute at University of North Florida aims to:


  • promote Chinese language and expand language learning opportunities for UNF students, faculty and the community;
  • foster a deeper understanding of Chinese culture throughout the UNF community and the North Florida Region;
  • organize and administer Chinese Proficiency Testing (HSK);
  • provide Chinese teacher professional development for K-12 schools in the North Florida Region;
  • increase opportunities for faculty exchange to and from China through UNF exchange partners and for the development of new partners as appropriate;
  • enhance scholarships related to China in the areas of language, culture, philosophy, history, healthcare, education, science and economic development;
  • encourage student exchange from and to China, and
  • promote mutual understanding between China and the United States.