USF World News

Confucius Institute at the University of Florida | Annual Report for 2016
October 22, 2016

The USF Confucius Institute (CI) has made significant achievements in 2016, thanks to the support from USF, its partner Qingdao University and the Hanban/CI Headquarters. Our priority areas of services are focused on supporting the USF academic programs (including providing two Chinese language instructors), assisting K-12 schools with Chinese programs (including four Confucius Classrooms), and facilitating cultural exchange or community engagement.  The CI has contributed to the USF World efforts in globalizing our campus in areas of providing CI Scholarships to USF students, bringing visiting scholars from China, offering non-credit classes, and outreach to K-12 schools and Tampa Bay communities.

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First USF Confucius Institute Chinese Culture Week Completed with Great Success
September 22, 2016

In addition to its strong support for the Chinese language programs at USF and local K-12 schools, the USF Confucius Institute has enhanced programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and US-China relations in the Tampa Bay region. The best example of this effort is the Chinese Culture Week with multiple opportunities for cultural exploration: a photo exhibition, a CI lecture, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and a concert with Chinese and Western music. Together, the events reached more than 1,500 USF students and faculty/staff, as well as community members, and received positive feedback from participants. (Read More…)

“People and Places of China” Photo Exhibition
September 4, 2016

USF World and the USF Confucius Institute are pleased to host the president of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, for his photography exhibition “People and Places of China” hosted in the Centre Gallery at the USF Marshall Student Center from September 12 to 23, 2016. The exhibition is a selection of his photographs taken during recent travels in China. (Read More…)

2016 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for Florida High School Students
July 30, 2016

The USF Confucius Institute (CI) continues its support in organizing Florida high school students for study trips to China. With support from the Hanban and Qingdao University, the CI sponsored 15 students for a total immersion experience in Chinese language and culture from June 27 to July 12. The students and their parents are very excited about the opportunity and happy with the experience. (Read More…)

2016 OLLI Faculty Roll of Honor Award to Kun Shi
June 27, 2016

Each year, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents its Faculty Roll of Honor awards to the volunteer instructors who have taught at least ten courses for OLLI members and other senior citizens of the Tampa Bay region. On June 2, the Confucius Institute director Kun Shi was honored with such an award. (Read More…)

Lindsey O’Brien Will Go to China for International Chinese Bridge Competition
May 30, 2016

Every spring, the USF Confucius Institute hosts a competition of Chinese language and cultural talents for local college and high school students.

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