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WKU’s Confucius Institute to host Chinese Spring Gala on Feb. 22

The Confucius Institute at WKU will be hosting a Chinese Spring Gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the auditorium of Downing University Center located on the WKU campus.

Hubei University's Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe will perform Feb. 22 during the Chinese Spring Gala hosted by WKU's Confucius Institute. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Downing University Center Auditorium.

The year 2012 is the Year of the Dragon by the Chinese calendar, and in honor of that fact, Hubei University’s Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe will be performing traditional dances and skits to bring in the New Year.

Established in 1931, Hubei University is located in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei Province. Over the past eight decades, Hubei University has grown to be a key comprehensive university with a student enrollment of more than 20,000. Areas of study include the arts, history, philosophy, science, engineering, economics, law, management, education and medicine. Hubei offers 61 undergraduate programs, 149 postgraduate programs, 34 doctoral programs and three post-doctoral research programs.  They value links with international institutions and have academic exchange and cooperative programs with more than 70 universities across the U.S., UK, Australia, France and Japan. Hubei University has also taken an active role in promoting the Chinese culture and language through the co-establishment of two Confucius Institutes.

The WKU-CI and Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education, work to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and community events. Together, these organizations have Introduced fully articulated K-16 instruction in Modern Standard Chinese into local school systems, serve as a regional center for Chinese teacher training and Chinese curriculum development, and build connections and partnerships between Kentucky and China.

For information about the WKU-CI, visit www.wku.edu/ci or call (270) 745-2836.

Contact: Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, (270) 745-2836.

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