Research centers and institutes within the Haenicke Institute for Global Education
- Established July 7, 2009, the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University was created through a partnership between WMU and Beijing Language and Culture University. It is the fourth such institution to be implemented in Michigan, and the 61st to be founded in the United States. The Confucius Institute at WMU is a non-profit organization created to provide Chinese language and culture studies options for WMU students and faculty and to dramatically expand international opportunities for regional K-12 schools and local businesses.
- Established in fall 2010, the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies was created to enhance the work of faculty and graduate researchers at Western Michigan University who have expertise in some field of Sinology and their continuing pedagogical and research interests in China.
- The Michitoshi Soga Japan Center was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to promoting research to advance knowledge about Japan for students, scholars, government and community and corporate leaders, and the general public. The Soga Center works with an extensive alumni network in Japan and benefits from the Japan Friends of WMU endowment.
- The Center for African Development Policy Research is an interdisciplinary academic program established at WMU in October 2000 intended to foster collaborative research activities with relevant WMU academic departments and units. CADPR has organized a series of conferences on Ethiopian studies in Kalamazoo and Addis Ababa.
Other WMU research centers and institutes with an international scope
- The George G. Mallinson Institute for Science Education—a research-oriented unit devoted to science education and the study and improvement of how people teach and learn science. The institute was founded in honor of Professors George G. and Jacqueline Mallinson, both of whom played significant roles in launching, sustaining, and guiding the teaching, research, and public service in science education—locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Global Business Center— initiates, facilitates, expedites and champions the global business activities of WMU's Haworth College of Business.
- Medieval Institute—ranks among the top ten of the some 90 institutes, centers, and programs focusing on medieval studies in North America. It was established in 1962 as a center for instruction and research in the history and culture of the Middle Ages.