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UT’s Confucius Institute Opens

Performers at the Confucius Institute gala stage show

Students and faculty members from our partner, Southeast University, traveled from Nanjing, China, to be with us for the dedication of our Confucius Institute earlier this month. A whirlwind lineup of activities, from a packed-house ribbon cutting in Hodges Library to a gala stage show featuring UT and Chinese performers, gave us a taste of the many academic and cultural opportunities that lie ahead.

It was exciting to see more than two years of work come to fruition, and we are delighted to join 300-plus colleges in more than 100 countries that have Confucius Institutes.

Our Confucius Institute is a collaboration with Southeast University, which is a Top 20 university in China, and with the Chinese government. It’s a nonprofit center that will serve the campus and community by offering for-credit and noncredit Chinese language courses, sponsoring cultural activities, helping local schools provide more education about China, facilitating exchange activities, and serving as a bridge between China and the state of Tennessee.

I encourage you to get acquainted with this exciting new facet of our campus and see how it might broaden your horizons.

Geography Professor Shih-Lung Shaw directs our Confucius Institute, located in the International House. For more information and to learn about the Confucius Institute's activities, call 865-974-5753 or e-mail confucius@utk.edu.