Established in March 2005, the U.S.-China Institute provides students and faculty with broad global perspectives and experiences and offers China-related services to businesses and communities. The Confucius Institute was established in October 2006 to further promote U.S.-China exchanges for K-12 schools and communities in New England.
Through initiatives in trade missions, academic resources, networking events, and translation services, the U.S.-China Institute aspires to create higher efficiency for businesses through improved integration.
Through identifying potential opportunities in the U.S.-China trade environment, the Institute selectively arranges custom-tailored trade missions to China for local businesses in order to improve their cultural understanding and expand their professional network.
The Confucius Institute offers STARTALK, part of the National Security Language Initiatives launched in 2006 and funded by multiple federal agencies. The program is designed to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important languages that are not widely taught in the United States, including Chinese.
For 10 days in the fall of 2017, the U.S.-China Institute hosted "Dunhuang: An Oasis for East-West Cultural, Commercial, and Religious Exchanges Along the Ancient Silk Road." Visitors explored the exceptional interactive exhibit through a guided tour, then entered a 1:1 scale reconstructed cave. Bryant University is the first U.S. academic institution to host such an exhibit.