Message from the Dean

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Message from the Dean  

Welcome to the Auburn University at Montgomery Confucius Institute (AUM CI)!  

Established in 2012 as part of an international network of more than 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide, the AUM Confucius Institute is a collaborative effort of Auburn University at Montgomery, Hubei University of Economics, and the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (aka Hanban). AUM CI is dedicated to promoting the teaching of Chinese language and culture in AUM and local communities, facilitating a mutual understanding and exchange between the Chinese and American people, and fostering a better understanding of contemporary China. Our primary goal is to encourage more people in Alabama to study the Chinese language and gain a fuller understanding of contemporary China and appreciation for Chinese history and culture through workshops, lectures, festivals, language classes, and cultural programs.  

AUM Confucius Institute is proud of its dedicated staff. These professionals understand the importance of and devote themselves to our mission, as well as our valuable services. AUM CI has quickly built a tradition of serving as Chinese cultural ambassador at AUM and in the Montgomery area since its opening.  

To me, the AUM CI not only promotes the teaching of Chinese language and culture, but also serves as a bridge between China and the U.S., as well as their people. I hope that AUM CI will be the China studies and services center in the area. 

I am also pleased to announce that AUM CI is working hard to distinguish itself by promoting Chinese food culture. Co-constructed by AUM and Hubei University of Economics with the significant support of Hanban, this effort aims to highlight the ancient and dynamic Chinese food culture. We are very excited about this endeavor.  

Thank you for kind attention and interest! Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about us.


Wenzhong (Eric) Yang, Ph.D. 

AUM Confucius Institute
Eric Yang's Curriculum Vitae