Consul General Li Qiangmin visited Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas

On Mar.11th, Consul General and Ambassador Li Qiangmin from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China at Houston led a delegation of consular officials to visit the University of Central Arkansas and UCA Confucius Institute.

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Accompanied by Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI and Dr. Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCACI, Consul General Li met with UCA president Tom Courtway, Provost Steven Runge, Associate Vice President Jane Ann Williams and Director of International Engagement Ashley Pettingill.  President Courtway gave a warm welcome to ambassador Li and spoke highly of UCACI’s contribution to Chinese language teaching, Chinese culture promotion in Arkansas. Mr. Li expressed his gratitude to Mr. President for his support for UCACI, and expected further cooperation with UCA in the good environment of collaboration between China and U.S.

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After the meeting, Dr. Zhuang and Dr. Lu accompanied Mr. Li and officials to visit UCACI, introducing UCACI projects and activities. At the CI office, Mr. Li talked to Hanban teachers, whom he compared to “unofficial ambassadors”. He gave his appreciation for their work, and noted that he will give full support to the development of UCACI.