September 28th to 30th, 2013, Dr. Gou-ou Zhuang, Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI), and Dr. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCACI, attended the 2013 Joint Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes/Classrooms held at the West Kentucky University in Kentucky. During the meeting, issues like “Confucius China Study Plan”, Core Teacher Program, Local Chinese Teacher training, and Joint-established Major in Teaching Chinese were discussed.
At the opening ceremony, Madame Lin Xu, Director-General of Hanban gave a keynote speech. She stated that Chinese government attaches great importance to the Sino-U.S. relationship and provides great support to Confucius Institutes, especially those in the U.S. She then briefed the development of the Confucius Institute in recent years and expressed her sincere thanks to all those who give their strong support to the sustainable development of the Confucius Institutes in the U.S.
During the meeting, Dr. Zhuang and Dr. Lu, along with the delegates from other five Confucius Institutes whose partner university is East China Normal University (ECNU) (CI at Tulane University, CI at Oregon University, CI at Iowa University, CI at China Institute, and. CI at Chicago) met with the delegation from ECNU led by Dr. Bing Mei, Vice-President of ECNU. Representatives also visited the Confucius Institute at West Kentucky University and its Chinese Learning Center.
On the plenary session on Sept. 29th, representatives discussed over three core issues: (1) implementation of “Confucius China Study Plan”, (2) local teacher training, core teacher program, (3) plan for the 2014 “Confucius Institute Chinese Language Day”. Dr. Zhuang expressed his views on the implementation of “Confucius China Study Plan”, and gave some constructive suggestions on this plan.
Delegations from over 90 Confucius Institutes and over 260 Confucius Classrooms in the U.S. attended the three-day 2013 Joint Meeting of U.S.