Texas A&M Administrators Make Presentations at the 5th Annual Confucius Institute Conference

Date: 12/22/2010

BEIJING – On December 10-12, representatives from Texas A&M University participated in 5th annual Confucius Institute Conference convened by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). Held at the National Convention Center in Beijing, China, the two-day conference was themed “Sustainable Development of the Confucius Institute” and drew 1,400 university presidents and Confucius Institute representatives from 96 countries and regions. The annual conference in addition to keynote addresses included a Presidents’ Forum, Confucius Institute Directors’ Forum and exhibition on international Chinese teaching materials.

On December 11th, Ambassador Eric Bost (Ret.), Vice President for the Office of Global Initiatives at Texas A&M and Dr. Randy Kluver, Executive Director for the Institute for Pacific Asia, were invited to present in the Presidents’ and Directors’ Forums respectively. Ambassador Bost presented on the topic “How do Confucius Institutes Enhance Students’ Job Prospects and Career Development?” Bost said that through the partnership with Ocean University of China, Texas A&M has expanded the Chinese language program and k-12 outreach and created internships in China for students. Additionally, the Confucius Institute better prepares Texas A&M students for a competitive future in the global marketplace by creating opportunities for research collaboration, offering a Graduate Certificate in China Studies, and increasing study abroad and language capacity at the University. Dr. Kluver presented on “Confucius Institutes and Contemporary China Studies”, explaining the unique positioning of the CI within the context of a land-grant, public-oriented research university such as Texas A&M. According to Kluver, the CI at Texas A&M seeks to position China in a broad academic “professional context”, rather than as an object of study itself, promoting research and engagement on social, economic and technological changes.
The annual conference of Confucius Institutes aims to help CI’s positioned throughout the world to share experiences, expertise and continually strengthen communication and cooperation.

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