To become a leading teaching, learning and resource center of China for students, educators, community groups, civic organizations, and businesses.
The Confucius Institute at Xavier University will fulfill its mission by achieving the following major objectives:
- Provide quality education, resources and services on Chinese language, culture, and economic development to Xavier students, local groups, government agencies, and businesses;
- Enhance China connections and awareness on Xavier campus and among the surrounding communities;
- Broaden CI network and actively engage in fundraising activities to facilitate the Confucius Institute as a dynamic and sustainable organization.
Yu Jiang 江瑜: Director
Dr. Jiang received his B.A. in Archaeology from Beijing University in 1997, and Ph.D. in Chinese Art History from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in 2004. He was the Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution from 2004-2005, and a tenure-track assistant professor of art history at the Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University. Beginning fall 2008, Dr. Jiang was an assistant professor of museum studies at Southern University at New Orleans and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in spring 2012. From 2010-2012 Dr. Jiang was also a visiting assistant professor of art history at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Jiang has earned numerous fellowships and awards in his prior study and working experience, including the Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. from 2002-2004, the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies Research Grant, Kyoto, Japan, and the Louisiana Board of Regents Traditional and Undergraduate Enhancement Program grant in 2012.
Dr. Jiang’s research investigates bronze and jade art of early dynastic China, particularly the Western Zhou from the 11th to 8th centuries BCE, with focus on material culture, identity, and socio-political discourse. His publications cover much later periods as well, including the casting technology of bronze drums from Southeast Asia.
Rongyao Wen 温荣耀: Associate Director
Professor Wen is the director of the College Foreign Language Division at Hebei University in China. His specialties include applied linguistics and American culture. Professor Wen is also a member of the higher Education Foreign Language Advisory Committee of the Department of Education in China.
Gang Wang 王刚: Mandarin Instructor
Mr. Gang Wang holds a Master's degree of Chinese language and literature from Hebei University, the partner university of Xavier University of Louisiana Confucius Institute. Mr. Wang has been a Chinese language instructor in the College of International Exchange and Education at Hebei University since 2005. Mr. Wang has also taught Mandarin to non-Chinese speaking students in Mongolia and Russia and brings rich Chinese language teaching experience to Xavier.
Shu Peng 彭姝: Administrative Specialist
Ms. Peng holds an M.S. in Communications from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and an M.A. in applied linguistics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Prior to becoming the administrative specialist of the CI, Ms. Peng was an adjunct Mandarin instructor at Xavier University, the first Mandarin instructor of the CI. She brings a wealth of language and communication skills to the Confucius Institute.