UMass Boston to Host First Global Confucius Institute Conference
August 28, 2012
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UMass Boston is Home to the Only Confucius Institute in Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston will host representatives from nine different countries Wednesday in a first-of-its kind global conference.
UMass Boston will host its partners, Renmin University of China and the High School Affiliated to Renmin University, and 11 Confucius Institutes that collaborate with Renmin University. This is the first time a group of Confucius Institutes will meet to network, share success stories, and brainstorm collaborative ways to share the Chinese culture and language.
“We are very excited to host the first working conference of the Confucius Institutes co-established by Renmin University of China,” said Kathleen Teehan, vice chancellor for enrollment management and director of the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston. This conference will enhance the outstanding programs that we are able to offer at UMass Boston and on all of the UMass campuses.”
Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, pairs each of the 358 Confucius Institutes in the United States, Europe, and Central America with a Chinese university. The UMass Boston chapter is the only Confucius Institute in Massachusetts.
Since its founding in 2006, the University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute has hosted Chinese bridge speech contests for high school and college students, sent more than 150 students to China through the China Today program based out of University College, and held Chinese language classes for the UMass Boston community.
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