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WKU hosts symposium in China to expand teaching program

President, WKU group attend Confucius Institute Executive Meeting

WKU President Gary A. Ransdell, Dr. Sam Evans and the Confucius Institute at WKU hosted a symposium Thursday (Dec. 3) in Beijing, China, to expand the 1 + 2 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

WKU and the Confucius Institute at WKU hosted a symposium Dec. 3 in Beijing, China, to expand the 1 + 2 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

WKU hosted a symposium Dec. 3 in Beijing, China, to expand the 1 + 2 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

More than 60 individuals attended, including nine university presidents and representatives interested in signing a memorandum of understanding to send Chinese students/teachers to WKU to participate in the 1 + 2 MAT program. Seven universities signed MOU’s with WKU, with each committing to send students to WKU as early as fall of 2016.

The program began in May 2013 when WKU approached Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) about the possibility of creating a 1 + 2 program. Both entities worked diligently to create a curriculum that was satisfactory for both universities. In August 2014, BLCU sent the first cohort of six students/teachers to WKU. In 2015, another student was sent via BLCU to WKU as part of the 1 + 2 MAT program.

WKU President Gary Ransdell attended the fifth annual Confucius Institute Executive Meeting.

WKU President Gary Ransdell attended the fifth annual Confucius Institute Executive Meeting.

While in Beijing, Dr. Ransdell met with North China Electric Power University President Liu Jizhen who hosted the CI at WKU for the fifth annual Confucius Institute Executive Meeting. Also attending the meeting were other board members from NCEPU — Dr. Kechang Xie (VP and Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering), Ma Chengguo (President/CEO of Black Dragon Double Boiler), Duan Chunming (Director of International Cooperation) and Li Bo (Chinese Director of CI at WKU). Attendees from WKU included Dr. Evans (Dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Wei-Ping Pan (Director and Assistant to the President), and Betty Yu (Associate Director of CI at WKU).

The fundamental purpose of the executive board is to help guide the vision for the Confucius Institute at WKU and to enhance cooperation between NCEPU, WKU and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. In addition, the committee reviews and assesses the institute in the areas of budgeting, staff management, Hanban Chinese Teacher Program, community events and programming, and publicity, and to reviewing plans for the following year.

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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