Confucius Institute at Kansas State University, the US, officially launched

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Kansas State University [Time]    2015-06-08 17:33:36 

On April 7th, 2015, the Confucius Institute at Kansas State University, jointly established by the Kansas State University and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), held its inauguration ceremony at the

Alumni Center of the University.

A total of approximately 150 guests from all walks of life attended the launching ceremony, including Mr. Kirk Schulz, President of Kansas State University; Ms. April Mason, Provost and Senior Vice-president of Kansas State University; Mr. Yang Zhenbin, Chairman of Jilin University Council; and Mr. Liu Jun, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate-General in Chicago.

President Kirk Schulz delivered his remarks at the ceremony. He said that the establishment of the Confucius Institute is a milestone in the history of Kansas State University, which represents its consistent efforts in promoting the internationalization. He also expressed his confidence in building this Confucius Institute into one of the best in the world.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Yang Zhenbin pointed out that Kansas State University and Jilin University share a lot of similarities. The two universities have the same educational philosophy which provided a solid foundation and huge potentials for cooperation. He believed that, with the concerted efforts, this Confucius Institute would become a bridge of comprehensive cooperation between the two universities and an important platform for enhancing mutual understanding, trust and friendship between the U.S. and China.

To celebrate the official launch of this Confucius Institute, Kansas State University organized a series of events including a Chinese culture exhibition, lectures on Chinese history and a panel discussion on “The Role of Confucius Institutes in the U.S.”. In the evening, a cultural performance on the theme of “The Sound and Color of China—A Cultural Celebration” was presented by the Leyue Performing Arts Group of Kansas City and teachers and students of Kansas State University. The gala event included a number of fantastic performances such as Chinese folk and pop songs, Chinese folk dances, guzheng ensemble, Taiji demonstration and Chinese fashion show.


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