Southern Utah University announced the launch of the Confucius Institute, on SUU campus, in the Great Hall. The institute is a partnership with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China and Hunan Normal University.
The Confucius Institute began in 2004 as a non-profit educational organization with the purpose of promoting Chinese language, culture and facilitating international exchanges. There are roughly 100 Confucius Institutes in the United States and about 480 in the world. SUU is thrilled to join this prestigious group.
SUU’s Confucius Institute will provide educational courses on Chinese language, history, culture and literature. The program will also feature musical concerts, performances, workshops and seminars that the Southern Utah community will be invited to attend.
The Confucius Institute is under the leadership of SUU’s Provost Dr. Brad Cook and Vice Provost Dr. Stephen Allen. Dr. Jacob Ng is the executive director of SUU’s Confucius Center alongside Dr. Clara Yedong, a deputy director from China.
“We are very excited to have been selected for the Confucius Institute,” said Cook. “It’s a tremendous honor for us, and we join very selective universities across the country who have been chosen.”
“To be awarded as a Confucius Institute is a rare gift, typically given to large research universities,” says Allen. Southern Utah University was awarded the grant from the headquarters in Beijing, China because of SUU’s partnership with Hunan Normal University.
Executive Director Ng said he was honored to be invited by President Wyatt to be the director of the institute for SUU. Ng says that the institute will add to the vision of SUU, “We will utilize this program to promote multi-culturalism and cross-cultural studies.” Dr. Ng hopes to also use the institute as a resource center in terms of business partnerships between China and Cedar City.