Above photo: left to right: Professor Yufei Huang, Professor Daniel Pack, Department Chair of Electrical Engineering, Professor Michael Jennings, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Professor Bruce Barnett, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Lisa Marie Gomez, Associate Director of COB Center for Student Program Development, Mimi Yu, Associate Director of East Asia Institute, Dr. John Frederick, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Professor Alan Shoho, Associate Vice Provost, Professor Bill Cooke, Department Chair of Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition, Professor Wan X. Yao, Director of Confucius Institute and East Asia Institute, Professor Xiaodu Wang.
On September 27th, the Confucius Institute (CI) at UTSA kicked off its week-long serial events to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the birthday of Confucius Institutes. The event was hosted in Main Building on the UTSA main campus and attracted over 200 attendees. The gathering started with the traditional Chinese musical instrument, GuZheng, playing by Ms. Yuanli Chang, Chinese calligraphy - Shufa demonstration by Mr. Li, Jingqi, and Chinese art work exhibition which was followed with traditional Chinese food tasting. The official declaration of the opening of the celebrations by Dr. Wanxiang Yao, the director of the UTSA Confucius Institute and East Asia Institute, pushed the event to its new climax.
"This is, I think, emblematic of the types of globalization activities that we are trying to promote here at UTSA and we are trying our best to give every student some sort of international experience, and we know that not all of the people want to study aboard, so it is very important for us to have events like this to help share cultures around the world." said Dr. John H. Fredrick, the vice provost for academic affairs and the provost of UTSA.
"Throughout the weekend of September 27, 2014, an invisible energy could be felt in the hearts and minds of our Confucius Institute employees at UTSA as we were celebrating the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institutes. Our mission is clear and sound that we work to promote exchanges between different countries and to foster mutual understanding and respect different cultures. This mission is sound and good because the mutual understanding and respect can help make the world to be a better place." said Dr. Yao.
Sherry Dowlatshahi, Director of International Relationships of the Mayor’s office, San Antonio attended and enjoyed the movie.
Officially launched in February 2010, the UTSA Confucius Institute promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of Chinese culture, history and society, promotes Chinese language learning, and creates cultural and educational exchange opportunities at UTSA and within San Antonio community.
Learn more at http://utsa.edu/confucius.