WMCI is a partnership between William & Mary and Beijing Normal University (BNU), two universities rich in history and academic excellence. Several programs are being designed at all levels to enhance cooperation between W&M and BNU, including student exchanges, faculty exchanges and various other collaborative initiatives. The first of such initiatives was the Confucian Classics Faculty Forum held on April 17, 2012 following WMCI's Grand Opening Ceremony, and as part of WMCI's Spring 2012 "Chinese Culture Semester."
In honor of the establishment of the William & Mary Confucius Institute, participants presented their research and perspectives on Chinese classics such as the Book of Changes and works by authors such as Confucius and Sun Zi (also known as Sun Tzu). W&M faculty presenters will include T.J. Cheng, Eric Han, Yanfang Tang, Emily Wilcox, Tomoko Connolly and Xin Wu, as well as eminent scholars from BNU.