BEIJING – The Confucius Institute at Troy University has been named one of six Confucius Institutes of the Year in the United States.
TROY’s Confucius Institute is the state’s only such institute with a statewide mission of providing the people of Alabama with knowledge of China that will serve business, educational, cultural, and public interests.
The award, presented by Liu Yangdon, State Councilor of the Peoples Republic of China and Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban at the 7th World Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing, recognizes extraordinary efforts by Confucius Institutes and their host universities to spreading Chinese language, culture, art and history. Troy University’s Confucius Institute is one of 400 institutes worldwide in addition to some 500 Confucius Classrooms.
“When we held the ceremony in 2007 in Beijing establishing the Confucius Institute at Troy University, we proclaimed our goal to become the best Confucius Institute in the world. This award takes us a step closer to that goal,” said Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “This award reflects the outstanding work of many on our staff, but it also reflects our commitment to being Alabama’s international university. Troy University must be international if it’s to realize its full potential.”
“This is an extraordinary and deserved honor for our institute at TROY,” said Dr. Iris Xu, the institute’s director. “All of us at Confucius Institute are very proud that our programs in Chinese language and culture have been recognized as truly world class. The Confucius Institute at Troy University reflects the strength of Alabama’s connection to China and gives the state and the region a competitive advantage in doing business with China as it emerges as a leading economic force in the world.”
Troy University’s Confucius Institute serves schools, businesses, communities, government, nonprofit organizations and the media throughout the region by offering statewide instruction and lectures on Chinese culture and language , providing Chinese language teacher training, high school student summer camps, consultation for economic development, and promoting outreach programs on Chinese culture and language. It is a cooperative project of the State of Alabama, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, the Chinese Ministry of Education and Chinese universities.
The Confucius Institute at Troy University was established in 2007 with support from the Chinese Ministry of Education and was established to serve the entire state of Alabama.