New TV Series on Building U.S.-China Education Bridges

The Confucius Institute U.S. Center is pleased to announce the September 1 through September 30, 2018 nationwide broadcast schedule of its U.S.-China Global Education Television Series, in partnership with the World Affairs Council – Washington, D.C. The series features one-on-one conversations between ten distinguished American private and public-sector leaders and the presidents of U.S. universities and cultural organizations that host Confucius Institutes.

Distinguished U.S. corporate, public-sector and academic leaders discuss:

  • Chinese language development
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • People-to-people exchanges
  • Global education

Where to Watch

The TV series is broadcast on the MHz Worldview Channel.

  • Nationwide on DIRECTV channel 2183
  • Nationwide on 25+ public television affiliates
  • In Washington, DC on Cox channel 470

The programs are also available on the Confucius Institute U.S. Center’s YouTube Channel.

Utah Legislature Recognizes Enormous Contributions of Confucius Institutes

Photo Above: Sen. Curt Bramble (right) and Sen. Howard Stephenson (left) presented the citation of honor to Mr. Zhao Guocheng Deputy Director-General of Hanban at Utah State Capitol, May 17

Citation of Honors Delivered to Confucius Institutes at Utah State Capitol University of Utah, Southern Utah University and Davis School District Receive Commendations (Washington, DC – May 21, 2018) — Confucius Institutes across the state were honored by the Utah legislature at the state capitol on May 17. The legislature presented a citation of honor to a delegation from the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing (Hanban) attending the Eleventh National Chinese Language Conference. Senator Curtis Bramble (R – District 16) said that this citation recognizes the efforts of the people of Utah to advance Chinese language programs with the support of Confucius Institutes.

The conference is the largest annual gathering in the US and North America of leaders and practitioners in the field of Chinese language and cultural education. It serves to build the teaching capacity by sharing cutting-edge practices among Chinese language educators and informing policymakers of the value of the US-China educational partnership.

Sen. Curt Bramble (right) and Sen. Howard Stephenson (left) presented the citation of honor to Mr. Zhao Guocheng Deputy Director-General of Hanban at Utah State Capitol, May 17

At the conference opening ceremony, Utah Governor Gary Herbert affirmed his commitment to advancing Utah’s Chinese dual language immersion program, citing the value of Chinese language education for Utah’s economic development and workforce employability.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

Utah Senator Howard Stephenson

 

Since the establishment of the first Confucius Institute in Utah in 2007, more than 13,000 students have participated in Chinese language classes. Supported by Confucius Institutes, Utah’s dual language initiative has become a leading program in American immersion language instruction, preparing Utahns to thrive in a globalized society. In his meeting with Utah students and educators, Senator Orrin Hatch (R) called the Confucius Institutes’ programming “really critical and crucial” and said “learning [Chinese] … is in [the US’] best interest.”

Senator Howard Stephenson (R – District 11) said that “the success of Utah’s Chinese language program would not have happened without the Confucius Institutes and the caliber of teachers provided through these partnerships.” He added, “I have never seen more dedicated teachers than those from the Confucius Institute.” An advocate for dual language immersion in Utah, Sen. Stephenson claims “monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st Century.”

Following the recognition, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Hanban and the Utah State Board of Education on May 18. The MOU recognized Utah’s dual language Chinese immersion education program and the role of the Confucius Institutes in promoting people-to-people exchanges between the US and China. Hanban pledged ongoing support of Confucius Institutes to meet Utah’s growing demand for Chinese language and culture classes.

Zhao, Guocheng the Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, said “through robust partnerships and collaborations between American and Chinese educators, Confucius Institute has become one of the most important and effective bridges for people to people exchanges between these two great countries. This recognition from Utah legislature is indeed an encouragement for everyone who is involved in and supports Confucius Institutes.”

The Confucius Institute U.S. Center is a nonprofit organization that supports the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the United States and fosters educational exchanges between China and the United States.

View Press Release on Newswire.

Press inquiries, contact: Gao Qing press@ciuscenter.org

2nd Annual National Honors Gala Sponsorship Information

Annual National Honors Gala │ Saturday November 18, 2017 │ National Press Club

Honorary Host Committee Members

  • Mr. Bertrand-Marc Allen, President of Boeing International
  • The Honorable Charles F Bolden, Former Administrator of NASA
  • Dr. Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University
  • Mr. Tony Culley-Foster, President/CEO of the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Joseph Duffey, Former President of American University
  • Ambassador Chas Freeman, U.S. Ambassador
  • The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Mr. James Heimowitz, President of China Institute
  • The Honorable Darin LaHood, U.S. Representative for Illinois
  • Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland
  • Mr. William McCarren, Executive Director of the National Press Club
  • The Honorable Jim Moran, Former U.S. Representative for Virginia
  • Dr. C. Daniel Mote, President of the National Academy of Engineering
  • The Honorable Nick Rahal, II, Former U.S. Representative for West Virginia
  • Dr. Samuel Stanley, President of Stony Brook University

About the National Honors Gala:

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Confucius Institute U.S. Center will host its 2nd Annual National Honors Gala at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 300 business leaders, public officials, educators, scholars, artists & media representatives will gather to honor our ten People-to-People Award honorees. These ten exemplary Confucius Institute (CI) students have been selected from the 110 CIs in universities and schools across the country based on their personal stories, experiences, and engagement with Chinese language, cultural, and global education programs.

The Gala provides public support for the Confucius Institute U.S. Center (CIUS Center), a non-partisan 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing global education programs that enhance people-to-people exchange and global education programs. Since the first Confucius Institute was founded in 2004 at the University of Maryland, more than 500 Confucius Institutes have been established to serve academic, teaching and educational communities worldwide.

The net proceeds of the 2017 Honors Gala will directly support the CIUS Center’s core program areas:

Education and Professional Development
Support Chinese language learning initiatives by connecting school districts interested in developing a Chinese language curriculum to the appropriate resources and support. We also provide professional development opportunities to Confucius Classroom teachers who are teaching in the K-12 schools systems in America to ensure the continuation of high quality Chinese language instruction to students across America.

Arts and Culture
Committed to creating opportunities for cultural exchange through the arts. We organize exhibitions, performances, and discussions related to Chinese and American Culture and house a small gallery which displays a rotating calendar of exhibitions related to Chinese history and culture.

Academics and Research
Leveraging the CIUS Center’s US-China global education convening power we serve the scholarly community through programming that brings higher education experts, teachers and the academicians together to collaborate on research, program innovation & exchange programs.

Public Relations and Outreach
To strengthen and support people-to-people engagement opportunities between China and the United States, this program establishes public awareness and promotes the achievements of Confucius Institutes in America through partnerships with organizations of similar vision and public events.

2017 Sponsors receive the following recognition & benefits through their support of the National Honors Gala:

VIP Reception & Gala Dinner Sponsor ($15,000)
10 tickets │10 invitations to private VIP reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials │ top placement and seating with gala VIPs at gala and VIP reception │ opportunity to make brief remarks during VIP reception and gala dinner │ recognition on event signage and in print and online promotional material │ web-site/ two‐page spread ad and write up in printed program

Lead Table Sponsor ($10,000)
10 tickets │6 invitations to private VIP reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials │ top placement at awards dinner and opportunity to be seated with gala VIPs │ opportunity to make brief remarks during gala dinner │ recognition on event signage and in print and online promotional material │ web-site/ two‐page spread ad and write up in printed program

Premier Table Sponsor ($5,000)
8 tickets │4 invitations to private VIP reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials │ premier recognition on event signage and in print and online promotional material │ full page ad in printed program

Benefactor Table Sponsor ($2,500)
6 tickets │ 2 invitations to private VIP reception with diplomats, honorees and senior government officials │ recognition on event signage and in print and online promotional material │ ½ page ad in printed program

Patron Sponsor ($1,000)
4 tickets │ recognition on event signage and in print and online promotional material │ listing in printed program

Printed Program Ad
Full page ad in printed program and listing in online promotional material ($5,000) │ ½ page ad in printed program and listing in online promotional material ($2,500) │  ½ page ad in printed program ($1,000)

Friends Circle ($250)
1 ticket │ listing in event signage

Please complete this form indicating your company’s sponsorship level and payment information. You can also complete your payment here [paypal-donation]

Sponsorship are tax deductible, less $150 per ticket – meal costs.

For more information, please contact Cheyenne Boyce at cheyenne.boyce@ciuscenter.org or 202-763‐7204

 

Peking Opera Breaking Barriers as it Thrills Fans

The talented students of our CI U.S. Center-sponsored Peking Opera classes with DC Beauty of Beijing Opera (DCBBO) are featured in U.S. China Daily. View Article on U.S. China Daily Here