In May 2006, with the support and guidance of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Open University of China (OUC) and Michigan State University (MSU) jointly established the world’s first online Confucius Institute, Confucius Institute at Michigan State University (short for CI-MSU).With the aim of promoting the teaching of Chinese language and culture through advanced information technology, CI-MSU is dedicated to the development of Chinese courses, online teaching tools, and Chinese learning resources for overseas learners, as well as providing high quality Chinese language and culture courses across the US via the Internet.

The OUC’s Chinese Language Centre (short for CLC), in the capacity of CI-MSU’s Chinese Learning Resources Development Centre, has endeavoured to develop and digitally reconstruct Chinese textbooks such as China Panorama and Journey Through China, as well as develop and upgrade the MyEChinese Distance Chinese Teaching Cloud Space to adapt to the individual demands of local Confucius Institutes abroad.

The OUC undertakes work as a Confucius Institute’s Chinese partner institute, and as such is responsible for selecting and dispatching excellent Chinese teachers to work at Confucius Institutes abroad, admitting international students to the Confucius Scholarship programme to provide them with Chinese language and cultural teaching and practice, and hosting annual summer/winter camps for foreign students in China.

Since 2013, the OUC has established a HSK test centre entrusted by Hanban to provide HSK test services. As of the end of 2016, the OUC HSK test centre has organised examinations for over 800 people.