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Confucius Institute hosts Chinese Hanban teachers

The Confucius Institute at WKU hosted the 2015 Chinese Hanban Volunteer Teacher In-Service Training Oct. 9-11 at WKU’s Center for Research and Development. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

The Confucius Institute at WKU hosted the 2015 Chinese Hanban Volunteer Teacher In-Service Training Oct. 9-11 at WKU’s Center for Research and Development. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

More than 120 Chinese Hanban Teachers representing more than 20 states gathered at WKU’s Center for Research and Development Oct. 9-11 for the 2015 Chinese Hanban Volunteer Teacher In-Service Training.

To begin the festivities journalists representing Peoples Daily/Xinhua.Net interviewed WKU President Gary Ransdell. During the Opening Ceremony, Dr. Ransdell thanked Hanban for choosing WKU as the site for the conference and welcomed the teachers to Bowling Green. Hanban representative Zhu Meifen thanked the Confucius Institute at WKU for all of the work putting together the conference, and also welcomed the teachers.

Prior to closing, Dr. Ransdell and Dr. Sam Evans, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, presented plaques to the CI at WKU’s 13 teachers who are newly Kentucky certified teachers.

In order to enhance the training of teachers and develop effective communication and exchange of educational institutions in the United States, the training provided the Volunteer Teachers with information on various topics from speakers around the U.S. The training was designed to meet the needs of the U.S.-led Volunteer Teachers who were grouped according to the training of teachers’ circumstances, each equipped with an educational leader, and training teachers to carry out face-to-face discussions and training.

Speakers included representatives of WKU (Dr. Peng Ke, Dr. Wu Ching-Hsuan and Dr. Du Chunmei), Fayette County schools (Wang Yan), Butler University (Guan Chunmei), College Board (Lisa Huang), Kentucky Center for Arts (Dr. Jeffrey Jamner), superintendents/educators (Sarah Baker, Dr. Gene Tice, Dr. Charles Proffitt and Alfonso Torres), and Hanban representatives (Zhu Meifen and Zhou Zhichang).

This is the second conference hosted by the CI at WKU. The previous conference was held in September 2013 when the CI at WKU hosted the inaugural “Joint Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes” which consisted of more than 300 CI leaders from the U.S. and China.

The next CI at WKU event will take place on Nov. 12 at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro as more than 1,200 students from Owensboro and Daviess County schools will attend the “Huanggang Huangmei Opera Troupe.” This will be the first Chinese-themed troupe to perform in Owensboro.

About the Confucius Institute: The CI at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone interested in partnering with us or interested in creating programs, contact Betty Yu at (270) 745-2836 or Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530

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