On May 18, 2018, Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, lead a Hanban delegation as they visited the University of Utah.
During their time the at University, the delegation visited the office of the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah ( CIUU) and the Asia Center, where they recognized the efforts of CIUU staff members to promote the study of Chinese language and culture in Utah.
Hanban Delegation and CIUU staff members
The delegation also met with Barry Weller and Stuart Culver, Co-Interim Deans of the College of Humanities, and Katharina Gerstenberger, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. The group discussed the possibility of future collaborations between Utah and the Confucius Institute. Considering the high number of Utah students learning Chinese, both parties are hopeful that the Confucius Institute can continue to support Utah students by providing opportunities for them to study abroad or intern with companies that work in US-China trade.
Hanban Delegation meet with leaders in the College of Humanities
Finally, the delegation met with Chris Ireland, Interim Chief Global Officer. Ireland praised Professor Fusheng Wu, Director of CIUU, for his great contributions to the University of Utah’s Chinese program, and he applauded the Confucius Institute for its partnership with Chinese universities and its efforts to support international exchange and communication.
Hanban Delegation meets with Chris Ireland
Currently, CIUU is applying to the Confucius Institute Headquarters to establish one Endowed Confucius Institute Professorship position, and Ireland gave his full support of the application. Utah is a national leader in the Chinese Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in public schools, boasting the largest program in the country with 32 participating elementary schools, 23 junior high schools, and over 10,000 enrolled students. The Confucius Institute Professor will support Utah's Chinese DLI students as they transition to college, as well as perform research on Chinese DLI education.
Hanban Delegation, CIUU Staff, and leaders in the College of Humanities
Zhao Guocheng expressed his hope that in the future, CIUU can continue to build a bridge between the US and China to promote cultural understanding and communication between the two countries.
You can find the original Chinese version of this article on the Hanban website.