USF students at local opera in Qingdao
CI Opening
Peking opera dance by visiting Xuzhou Normal University (XNU)

The USF Confucius Institute is a partnership between USF and Qingdao University. It is one of over 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide. USF is the first university in Florida and the first major public research university in the Southeastern United States to establish a Confucius Institute in early 2008.

The USF Confucius Institute provides

    • Academic support to the USF Chinese language program and other related disciplines;
    • Community engagement in Tampa Bay to promote cross-cultural understanding through cultural performance and CI Lectures;
    • Outreach to K-12 schools to improve and expand Chinese language programs; and
    • Help to create a statewide network on educational initiatives related to Chinese language, tourism, trade, and sustainable healthy communities.

To learn more about the USF Confucius Institute, please download our brochure and watch a 7-minute video.


March 31, 2016

CI Lecture by Daniel Jackson on Feb. 25, 2016

Each semester, the USF Confucius Institute (CI) sponsors three or more lectures about Chinese cultures and society as well as US-China relations. In spring 2016, the three CI Lectures attracted more than 200 university and Tampa Bay community members. This semester, the CI was honored to have two excellent speakers talk about US-China cooperation during World War II (by Daniel Jackson) and contemporary young Chinese artists (by professor Elisabeth Condon).

“Flying Tigers in China during WWII”

USF Confucius Institute Staff with Daniel Jackson

On February 25, Mr. Jackson spoke to nearly 80 USF students, faculty and community members. He presented intriguing stories with photo and video images of the American Flying Tigers working with the Chinese to fight the Japanese army in the 1940s. Based on his research, he focused on the fierce fighting against the Japanese invasion in Southwest China. (Mr. Jackson’s presentation slides are available to download here.)  The Flying Tigers and US-China cooperation during WWII is a sweet memory of the two countries and peoples. After the lecture, Mr. Jackson signed one of his books (Famine, Sword, and Fire: The Liberation of South-west China in World War II; 2015) for the participants. The lecture was co-sponsored by the USF Department of History.

Mr. Jackson is a Special Operations pilot with more than 1,000 combat hours flown on more than 200 missions. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a minor in Chinese Language.

“Notes on a New Chinese Landscape”

Lecture by Elisabeth Condon on March 1, 2016

On March 1, Professor Elisabeth Condon delivered a lecture on young Chinese artists based on her research and interviews of five well-known artists in Shanghai and Beijing. (The research was partially funded by a grant of the Confucius China Studies Program provided by the CI Headquarters.) The artists are WANG Xin, LU Zhengyuan, GAO Lei, ZHAO Yiqian, and BI Rongrong. Prof. Condon discussed the influence of their creative art and their challenge during the transition of contemporary China. The interviews were published by the ArtFile Magazine and PlaySpace Magazine. The lecture had almost 100 attendees and is co-sponsored by the USF School of Art and Art History.

Prof. Condon is very popular among the art students at USF; she is also a well-known visual artist/painter with studios in New York and Miami. For more information about her work, visit <” href=””>

The third lecture on the Diversity of Chinese Cultures was given by Kun Shi on February 22 at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. The lecture was co-sponsored by the USFSM Global Engagement Office and nearly 30 people participated.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year Season at USF, Community and K-12 Schools
February 19, 2016

The USF Confucius Institute worked with numerous partners to provide multiple cultural events during the 2016 Chinese New Year season. The events reached thousands of people of all age groups in the Tampa Bay region and beyond, and improved cross-cultural understanding. Read More

USF World Statement Regarding Recent Events in Paris
January 7, 2016

The University of South Florida is deeply saddened by the terror attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. Our sympathies go out to the French people, our French community here at USF and all those who lost loved ones or were shaken by these events. USF maintains a constant watch on world events in order to give our students, staff and faculty the best advice we can.

If you are currently traveling abroad and wish to reestablish your travel and security or seek further clarity around your current travel plans, please contact Ben Chamberlain, International Risk and Safety Officer, in USF World who will be an excellent resource for you.

Similarly, we recognize that members of the USF system community may be traveling internationally during 2016 and we want to reassure you that USF World monitors world events and maintains a 24/7 International Assistance Line (1-813-317-5815) for your use. You may also choose to contact Ben at and he can assist you in ensuring you have appropriately considered your safety.  As a reminder, please refer to the USF related student and business travel guidelines and services on our website.

Wishing the USF community safe travels,

Roger Brindley, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, USF World

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