The Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC) is a non-profit professional educational institution for international Chinese language education, affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Its main functions are developing National Chinese Language Proficiency standards across the world and hosting certification tests; supporting the provision of teaching resources; operating international Chinese languages education programs such as the «Chinese Bridge» series and China Studies Programme, and organizing relevant activities of international exchanges and cooperation.
Founded in 1901, Shenyang Normal University is a multi-disciplinary university directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. It is one of the oldest, most renowned universities in the country and one of the major universities in China that have established an international education program since the 1980s.
In February 2007, USJ and SYNU signed an agreement to establish the CIUSJ. SYNU teachers are assigned to teach Chinese and other subjects at CIUSJ.