"Food brings all of us together. Food is also history, culture, anthropology...From studying food, from enjoying food, we can talk about tradition, heritage...Food is a reflection of culture, history, religion and many other things."

- Chef Martin Yan, CMC, Celebrity Chef, and Culinary Advisor to the Confucius Institute at UC Davis

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Ni hao! Welcome to the Confucius Institute at UC Davis (戴维斯加州大学孔子学院), the world’s first Confucius Institute devoted to promoting the understanding of Chinese culture, especially Chinese food and beverage culture, to the UC Davis campus and the community.


From left: Chef Martin Yan, Consul General Yuan Nansheng, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Hanban Director-General Madam Xu Lin, and Jiangnan University President Chen Jian. Grand Opening Celebration at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, September 16, 2013.

Our location

The administrative offices are in 3009 Wickson Hall, UC Davis.

Workshops and lectures are frequently held at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis.

Events are held at various locations in the Northern California area.

Our partners

The Institute is a partnership between UC Davis; Jiangnan University, one of China’s top research universities in food science and technology; and Hanban, part of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The Institute draws upon the strengths of both UC Davis and Jiangnan University, particularly in food science and technology, and beverage science.

At Jiangnan University, the National Key Lab of Food Science and Technology, approved by the Ministry of Science & Technology, is the only one of its kind in China.

At UC Davis, the departments of Food Science and Technology, and Viticulture and Enology, housed under the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, are recognized as the best in the world in their respective areas of scholarship. The department of East Asian Languages and Cultures is a valuable partner in culture and language instruction.