The Confucius Institute at WKU welcomed two groups from Huanggang Normal University to the region last week.
On Nov. 11, the CI at WKU hosted a delegation from Huanggang Normal University. The delegation led by Wang Qin, Vice President of Huanggang Normal University, met with Dr. David Lee, WKU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Sam Evans, Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences; and Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, Director of CI and Assistant to the President, to discuss potential partnerships.
Huanggang Normal University is one of eight universities that will sign MOU’s with WKU for the 1 + 2 MAT (Masters in the Art of Teaching) program at a symposium Dec. 3 in Beijing, China. This program offers students the opportunity to take some classes at their home university in China, then come to WKU to finish the program, and earn a master’s degree within two years. Seven students/teachers are participating in the program, but there are plans to increase this program in the future.
On Nov. 12, the Huanggang Huangmei Opera Troupe performed for more than 1,200 students from Daviess County and Owensboro school districts at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro.
“Our partnership with the Confucius Institute at WKU has already expanded the global horizon for so many students in our community, and this is another opportunity to bring the world closer to home for them,” said Dr. Matthew Constant, chief academic officer for Owensboro Public Schools.
At the end of the performance, world-renowned calligrapher Chen Xunjin presented Thomas Stites, coordinator of Fine Arts for OPS, with a calligraphy piece that was done during the performance.
“Of course, we could have had the performance in Bowling Green, but our goal is to make our program accessible for all students throughout the state, giving them all an opportunity to experience a live Chinese performance,” said Terrill Martin, managing director for the CI at WKU. “Our relationship with both school districts in Owensboro remains strong, so we did not hesitate to choose them for a performance site.”
Plans are under way to create a joint China trip in 2017 with students from both school districts, Martin added.
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