Published: Wednesday, July 04, 2012, 11:08 AM
Yu Jiang, a native of China who has worked at the National Gallery of Art, has been named the first director of Xavier University 's Confucius Institute. The institute, one of about 80 in the United States, has many roles, including teaching Chinese, developing exchange programs with Chinese schools, and studying Chinese business practices and customs.
Jiang earned a bachelor's degree in archaeology at Peking University and master's and doctoral degrees in art and architectural history at the University of Pittsburgh.
Before his Xavier appointment, Jiang was an assistant professor of museum studies at Southern University at New Orleans. He also has been an assistant professor of art history at Florida Atlantic University and a postdoctoral fellow at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.
The institute's office in the St. Joseph Academic and Health Resource Center will have its official opening in the fall semester.
There are about 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide. Xavier is the first historically black institution of higher education to establish one in the United States.
Its Chinese partner in this initiative is Hebei University.
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