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Academic partnerships

IU has established primary, university-level partnerships with four mainland Chinese institutions and has more than 20 unit-to-unit partnerships.

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Programs, centers, and institutes

These academic programs, centers, and institutes welcome collaboration on China-focused projects and programs:

The ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute combines the strengths of two world-renowned research universities—the Australian National University and Indiana University—to foster scholarly endeavors, exchanges, academic programs, and collaboration on a broad range of issues related to Asia.

The Confucius Institute is an apolitical, nonprofit organization. It was established on the Indianapolis campus in 2007 to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in Central Indiana and to facilitate mutual understanding between the people of China and the United States.

Based in one of America's largest cities and one of its most important hubs for electronic communications, logistics, and life sciences, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis is well-placed for developing effective relationships and networks between Indianapolis' major public university and its governmental, commercial, and civic leaders.

East Asian Languages and Cultures is IU's central department for study of all aspects of East Asian language, civilization, and society.

Home to 31 faculty members, EALC offers Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and Korean from beginning to advanced levels, degree programs including both undergraduate and graduate studies, and a full range of courses on East Asian literature, history, politics, religion, and art.

The East Asian Studies Center coordinates teaching, research, and outreach activities related to East Asia. Established in 1979, the center links the expertise of Indiana University's East Asian area specialists to the needs of K–12 education, business, government, and other scholarly and professional communities locally, regionally, and nationally.

The East Asian Collection was established more than half a century ago. It supports the university's teaching, learning, and research needs in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies and promotes the understanding of East Asia and its cultures. It also serves as a key resource for neighboring colleges and universities with East Asian programs and courses.

The collection has broad coverage in the humanities and social sciences and a strong focus on select subjects related to the humanities. It includes materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean in their original scripts and in all formats, from manuscripts to books and scripts to databases, films, microforms, and maps.

In 2005, IU's East Asian Studies Center partnered with the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to maximize the impact of their respective East Asian studies programs in research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of anthropology, education, and gender and sexuality.

The Indiana University Chinese Flagship Center is one of eleven Chinese Flagship Programs across the United States. It provides both undergraduate and graduate students unique opportunities to attain professional-level proficiency in Chinese. The center also offers the Flagship Chinese Institute, an intensive, eight-week Chinese residential student program.

Indiana University is a founding member of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, a multi-year initiative funded by the Freeman Foundation that facilitates teaching and learning about Asia in middle and high school world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses.

Launched in 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian studies programs of seven national institutions. Since its inception, NCTA has provided introductory Teaching About Asia seminars for middle and high school teachers in 50 states.

The Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business is committed to providing thought leadership on issues that meet at the intersection of Chinese politics and the global world of business. The center breaks down traditional boundaries by bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines and by building bridges among universities, stakeholders, and policy makers in the United States, China, and elsewhere.

Research initiatives include China and Global Governance, Economic Regulation and Lawmaking in China, U.S.-China Business Cooperation, and Philanthropy in China.

35+ faculty experts

Indiana University has more than 35 faculty members and librarians with a specific research or teaching focus on China and East Asia, including:

  • Chinese linguistics
  • Chinese politics
  • Chinese economics
  • Chinese law and society
  • Chinese management practices
  • China's urban and public policy
  • International business and China
  • Crime and delinquency in China
  • Political media in Asia
  • Health care systems in East Asian countries
  • Modern Chinese history
  • Modern Chinese literature
  • Traditional Chinese literature
  • Traditional Chinese fiction and drama
  • Chinese painting and prints

To learn more about IU's activities in China, visit the IU Worldwide interactive map.