Confucius Institute at Georgia Regents University Grand Opening

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Georgia Regents University [Time]    2014-04-30 10:52:48 

The first Confucius Institute in the Western Hemisphere with a focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine opens at Georgia Regents University in Augusta Georgia recently.

The unique partnership was announced last July in collaboration with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Joe Tsien, Co-Director of the Brain and behavior Discovery Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, serves as the founding Director of the GRU Confucius Institute.

A daylong symposium, ribbon cutting ceremony, and week of events, including Acupuncture Display, Tai Chi and Kong Fu Demonstration, Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration, Paper Cutting, Chinese Music Performance, Lion Dance, Tea Art, Chinese Dumpling Making and Tasting, Chinese Language Games and so on, have marked the grand opening of the Georgia Regents University Confucius Institute, the first in the world affiliated with a comprehensive academic health center.

More than 10 speakers including Dr. Baotong Gu, Director of Confucius Institute at Georgia State University, Drs. Jianrong Shi, Shiyun Yan, Linyun Zheng, Wenxin Zhou and Yuanzhi Lao provided local community with lectures. Topics focused on Confucius Institute Benefits, Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory and Acupuncture Clinical Practice etc.

At the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Dignitaries and local officials Dr. Jianrong Shi, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Vice President; Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver; Dr. Ricardo Azziz, GRU President; Dr. Shiyun Yan, Deputy Director General of China’s Society for Traditional Chinese Medicine and President Emeritus of SUTCM and Dr. Yiqun Zhang, Consul and Director of the Education Office from the Consulate of China in Houston were on hand to cut the ribbon. As a gift to GRU Confucius Institute, Dr. Yan handed his Calligraphy “TCM Confucius Institute” to Dr. Azziz.

GRU Confucius Institute, housed on the first floor of the G. Lombard Kelly Administration Building, includes a new museum paying homage to Chinese Cultural paintings, Art Pieces and Traditional Chinese Medicine, including herbal remedies and acupuncture. All the attendees to the Grand Opening Ceremony had Confucius Institute Museum Tour. Shanghai Master Calligrapher, SUTCM professor Qingqi Wang performed live Calligraphy.

“The Confucius Institute and its focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine is very much aligned to our mission as a university”, said GRU Vice Provost Roman Cibirka. “It’s a great opportunity to blend East and West in terms of Chinese language and culture and the management of patients, recognizing that mind, body, and spirit are important.”

“Let us hope for the flourishing development of the institution” The Vice President of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Jianrong Shi, also shared her thoughts and hopes.

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