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.

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

Making a World Of Difference, Building U.S.-China Education Bridges

Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2018) – The Confucius Institute U.S. Center announced today the June 2 through July 1 nationwide broadcast schedule of its U.S.-China Global Education Television Series on the MHz Worldview Channel.

The ten one-hour programs will be available at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Saturdays and Sundays on DirecTV channel 2183, Cox Communications in the Washington, DC, area and many American public television stations. View details.

The series features one-on-one interviews between distinguished American private and public sector leaders and the presidents of U.S. universities and cultural organizations that host Confucius Institutes.

“Since 2004, when the first Confucius Institute was founded at the University of Maryland, millions of Americans have participated in its unique cultural and educational programs in universities and communities throughout the U.S.,” said Gao Qing, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center.

The U.S.-China TV Series will also be broadcast nationwide in China on China Central Television (CCTV). The series emphasizes the importance of global education, people-to-people exchanges, increased cross-cultural understanding, and the learning of world languages in both nations.

Bill McCarren, Chairman of the Global Communications Committee of the World Affairs Council-DC said, “The World Affairs Council-DC is pleased to be a strategic partner with the Confucius Institute U.S. Center on the production and distribution of this important U.S.-China TV Series.” The Council focuses on global education, international affairs, and global communications, and shares a common program services mission with the Confucius Institute U.S. Center.

A list of program participants and the broadcast schedule is outlined here.

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