TROY – The official dedication of Confucius Institute at Troy University will highlight Alabama-China Week March 28-30 on the Troy Campus.
The Confucius Institute at Troy University, the state's only such center for cultural, language and business exchange with China, was established at the University in 2007 and was the 23rd institute in the United States.
University officials, Alabama officials and Chinese dignitaries will formally dedicate the Institutes' permanent offices in Bibb Graves Hall on March 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony following an address by Consul General Xu Erwen, whose consulate in Houston, Texas, represents China in 13 states, including Alabama.
Consul-General Xu's address will take place in the Trojan Center Theater at 9:30 a.m. The dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Confucius Institute entrance on the lower level of the newly completed Bibb Graves Hall annex.
Also speaking at the dedication ceremony will be Shulian Guo, Deputy Director of the Education Department of the Hebei Province in China and State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice, who will sign a cooperation agreement between the State Department of Education and the Hebei Province for educational programs.
TROY Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., will officiate the ceremonies, and addresses will be given by Lt. Gov. Kay Ivy, Dr. Guohua Yan, Director of the Department of Education of the Houston Consulate, and Yongli Want, Deputy Director of Hanban, the Chinese government's agency that oversees student exchange programs.
Following the ceremonies, the Alabama-China Education Symposium will begin in the Confucius Institute and continue on Friday, March 30.
Highlighting the symposium on Friday will be a performance by the choir of Birmingham's Highland Middle School, a Confucius Classroom site, and presentations on Confucius Classrooms by Highland Principal Kathryn Barr, and Mr. Steven Frost, who teaches Mandarin Chinese at Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery. The symposium will also hear a presentation by Jun Yang, vice-principal of Qinhuangdao New Century High School in China. Friday's symposium will be presided over by Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Dr. Earl Ingram.