[photopress:mba_conuscius.jpg,full,alignright]Kennesaw State University has been selected to house Georgia’s second ‘Confucius Institute,’ one of the newest in a worldwide network of educational centers funded by the Chinese government to promote China’s language and culture.
This is a most splendid concept and is something like the Alliance Francaise which does much to push the interests of France and the French language. The Confucius Centers are being done on a global scale.
There will be two in Georgia — joining some 40 others in the U.S. and more than 200 established around the world.
[photopress:mba_confuscious.jpg,full,alignleft]However there is still a way to go to catch up with France which currently has 1,071 locations in 133 different countries. At the current rate of progress we should see Confucius Institutes catching up in five years or so.
Kennesaw officials welcomed the selection as another bridge with China, where the university is pursuing a variety of educational goals.
Under an administrative agreement with 35,000-student Yangzhou University in China’s Jiangsu province, the institute at Kennesaw will offer language classes and cultural activities for students, professionals and the broader community.
Kennesaw will draw teachers for the institute from its Asia-focused faculty, most likely enlisting help from its 37 faculty members and 51 students of Chinese origin, as well as its 80 students currently enrolled in Chinese language courses.
Source: Global Atlanta.com