Confucius Institute at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University officially inaugurated, the U.S.

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical [Time]    2015-05-13 17:09:41 

On the evening of April 16th, 2015, the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical (A&M) University (AAMU) was held at the Von Braun Center of Huntsville, Alabama. This Confucius Institute is jointly organized by the Alabama A&M University and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), with Nanjing Forestry University (NFU) as its Chinese partner university. Around 600 guests attended the ceremony, including Mr. Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville; Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., President of AAMU; Mr. Cao Fuliang, President of NFU; and people from local schools and communities.

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, sent a congratulatory letter for the inauguration of the Confucius Institute. She said that “Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University, located in a region of diverse culture in the U.S., advocates cultural diversity and devotes itself to promoting the understanding among different cultures. This fits perfectly with the mission of Confucius Institutes. I firmly believe that, with concerted efforts by both sides, this Confucius Institute will certainly become a significant platform for people in Alabama, and even in the U.S., to learn Chinese language and understand Chinese culture and make its positive contributions to promoting China-U.S. cultural and educational exchanges and establishing a new type of relationship between the two powers.”

Speaking at the ceremony, AAMU President Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. expressed his gratitude for the support from the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the efforts by the colleagues at NFU. He said that AAMU would take this Confucius Institute as a platform to further conduct its comprehensive cooperation and exchange with NFU, other institutions, and colleges and universities in China.

NFU President Cao Fuliang congratulated on the official opening of the Confucius Institute. He expressed that NFU would always adhere to Confucius’ ideas of “harmony is most precious” and “harmony in diversity” and play a positive role in promoting Chinese language teaching in North Alabama, facilitating exchanges among diverse cultures, and expanding regional business communication.

Mayor Tommy Battle also congratulated on the establishment of the Confucius Institute in his speech at the ceremony. In addition, the Office of Educational Affairs of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, and Member of Alabama House of Representatives Laura Hall sent congratulatory messages for this opening ceremony.

The inauguration ceremony officially started with the performance of the national anthems of China and the U.S. by the AAMU Choir. In the show with “East Wind Blows the Spring” as the theme, over 100 performers from China and the U.S. staged some splendid performances with rich characteristics of Chinese culture.

It is learned that AAMU and Confucius Institute Headquarters signed the cooperative agreement to co-establish the Confucius Institute in August 2014. This Confucius Institute has already offered optional courses on Chinese language and culture and interest lectures on cooking and Taijiquan for undergraduate students; it has also cooperated with local Chinese communities and other organizations to co-host a variety of activities, like Spring Festival gala, Ping Pong tournaments, family financial management, and various talks.


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