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Confucius Institute opens at Xavier University: To the Rim

By Tina Soong

Published: October 21, 2012

The grand opening of The Confucius Institute at Xavier University was held Oct. 19- 20.

The celebration hosted an array of dignitaries, including faculty members, student representatives, Consul General of China, Madame Cu Erwin; and Dr. Wang Feigning of Hebei University, China.

Music and dance performances were held well as demonstrations of "Taichi."

Norman Francis, president of Xavier, hosted an invitation-only gala.

Workshops  on “Chinese traditional medicine”  and “Taichi” were presented.

“These important programs represent a prime opportunity to increase awareness of the Chinese culture and language,” Yu Jiang, CI director said. “As China ranks as the top export market for the state of Louisiana, training students and local community members on professional development through the CI will directly contribute to local economic development.”

The institute will host workshops to enhance multicultural experiences for the participants.

The institute will also welcome two faculty members from Hebei University. They are Rongyao Wen, associate director of CI at Xavier; and Gang Wang, teacher of the Chinese language.

“I envision the CI to become a leading research and resource center on China in the state of Louisiana,” Wen said.

“Our students will be prepared to compete with graduates from around the world, using Chinese language as a tool in oral and written communications,” Wang added. “An in-depth understanding of the Chinese language and culture will surely advance our students careers in China-related professions, be it in industry, public service or academic research”.

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