Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University Celebrates the 10th anniversary

[Source]    cn.chinadaily.com.cn [Time]    2019-10-24 16:31:46 
 


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On the evening of October 10th, local time, the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University held the 10th anniversary celebration. Sean McCann, Michigan Senator, Chen Yinghui, Education Counselor of the Chinese Consulate-General in Chicago, Jennifer Bott, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Western Michigan University, Jeffrey Breneman, Vice President of the Western Michigan University, Paulo Zagalo-Melo, Associate Provost of the Western Michigan University, Lixia Chen, Director of Confucius Institute Development at Beijing Language and Culture University, the directors and the presidents of the teaching sites of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University, representatives of outstanding students, most of faulty members and all teachers of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University attended the celebration.

Paulo Zagalo-Melo gave a welcome address and expressed warm welcome to all the guests who had long supported the development of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University and for attending the event. On behalf of the Beijing Language and Culture University, Chen Lixia expressed her heartfelt gratitude to its partner Western Michigan University for supporting the Confucius Institute and affirmed the hard work and outstanding achievements of nine Chinese and foreign directors, 88 Confucius Institute teachers and 36 foreign staff members in the past ten years. Chen Lixia, in the name of the Beijing Language and Culture University, presented a wash painting fan with Guilin landscape to the Western Michigan University and wished a better future for the two universities.


Welcome address given by Mr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo

As a well-designed part of the celebration, the Confucius Institute awarded the Friendship Medal to individuals who made outstanding contributions to the ten years of development of the Confucius Institute. Tim Shaw, the principal of Meadow Brook Elementary School, has been actively promoting the Chinese immersive projects. Christine Chamberlain, President of the Parent Association of the Forest Hills Public Schools (FHPS) Mandarin Immersion Program, has provided a solid logistic support for the Confucius Institute teachers. Hedy Habra, a representative of the outstanding students, have been studying in the Confucius Institute for ten years. Li Ming, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development of Western Michigan University, played a vital role in establishing teaching stations in the process of developing the Confucius Institute. Zhao Mingchen, a teacher at the Confucius Institute, has been working hard for many years. With their joint efforts, the Confucius Institute has been able to blaze a trail and keep going forward in the past decade.

To add to the excitement, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute, Jeffrey Breneman read a letter of commendation from the Kalamazoo Government at the ceremony. In the letter, Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo, praised the valuable resources that the Confucius Institute provided to the internationalization of Kalamazoo citizens.

On behalf of the Chinese Consulate-General, Chen Yinghui expressed her congratulations on the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute and spoke highly of the outstanding performance of the Confucius Institute throughout the Michigan area.


Speech delivered by Chen Yinghui

Later, Jennifer Bott delivered a speech with the theme of “community”, affirming the pivotal role played by the Confucius Institute in the Kalamazoo community. “Thanks for China to send so many excellent teachers to us. I hope that the Confucius Institute teachers will find a sense of belonging here when they return to Kalamazoo at any time.”

Zeng Ying, American Director of the Confucius Institute, and Wu Yi, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute in China, thanked all the guests for their support for the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. “The Confucius Institute will develop teaching sites in kindergarten and university based on the existing K-12 teaching, and will carry out more traditional cultural promotion activities in the primary and secondary schools on basis of the existing way of “inviting”. Zeng Ying said, “Sean McCann’s presence and the commendation letter from the Kalamazoo government represent an important honor to the Confucius Institute. We have the confidence to usher in a better development!"

At the end of the celebration, the Confucius Institute invited the Dong Xi (east and west) Band of Chinese dulcimer artist Tian Chao and American percussionist Tom Teasley to conduct a special performance. Dong Xi Band, popular in the performance venues such as the Kennedy Arts Center in the East Coast and invited to give a speech at TEDx, created music designedly for the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute. The wonderful ensemble of drum and piano, showing the fusion of Chinese and American music, also manifests China-US friendship in a special way.


Group photo—wish a better future for the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

With ten years of unremitting efforts, the Confucius Institute finally welcomed a satisfying achievement. The Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University will make fresh progress in the next decade. As a window of Chinese culture in the southwestern part of Michigan, it will continue to embrace a new chapter in China-US friendly exchanges.

(China Daily, October 10th)

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