TROY hosts Confucius Institute meeting

Posted: Friday, 04 November 2011

TROY – Troy University will welcome members of the Southern Confucius Institute Conference to the Troy Campus Friday.

The University is hosting the directors and staff of 11 Confucius Institutes from six states to hear experiences and best practices in sharing the Chinese language and culture, and promoting a better understanding between the people of the People's Republic of China and the United States, said Dr. Mike Whitlock, Associate Vice Chancellor of TROY's Global Campus.

The conference is chaired by Dr. Yan Guohua, Consul and Director of the Education Office for the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, welcomed the attendees to the conference at their opening session.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University is Alabama's only Confucius Institute and is part of an organization of more than 250 such centers at universities around the world. TROY has partnered with the Chinese government to promote Alabama business and industry to China in addition to its language and cultural mission.

Other institutes attending the conference, which concludes Saturday on the Montgomery Campus, are located at the University of Texas at Dallas, Central Arkansas University, Confucius Institute at Atlanta, Georgia State University, Kennesaw University, University of Miami Dade College, University of Oklahoma, University of South Florida, Texas A & M University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.