KSU Celebrates Grand Opening of Confucius Institute

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The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University – one of only two such programs in…

Georgia (Aug 18, 2009)

The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University – one of only two such programs in Georgia – celebrated its opening August 17 with international flair. 

A series of events – including an invitational luncheon for visiting dignitaries, a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with KSU’s president and a theme-style reception complete with Chinese food delicacies – culminated with an evening of glimmering pageantry featuring traditional Chinese dances, music and martial arts exhibitions.

Delegations from the People’s Republic of

The establishment of the Confucius Institute –– a Beijing-based project funded by the Chinese government to promote the country’s language and culture around the world –– culminates two decades of partnerships between

“Awareness of other cultures – particularly the dynamic and increasingly prominent Chinese culture – is a tremendous asset for our citizens to possess,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “We are pleased to be the conduit for enhancing awareness of

The evening’s Grand Opening event featured colorful lion and ribbon dances, performances of Erhu and Guzheng instrumental music, vocal performances, and martial arts demonstrations.  Deputy Consul General Yu Boren of the Chinese consulate in

Holly Robinson, commissioner of Bright from the Start: the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, announced the launch of a new partnership between the state and the Confucius Institute at KSU to teach the Chinese language to four-year-olds at pre-kindergarten centers throughout the state. 

“After more than a year of planning and negotiations, our Confucius Institute is ready to launch an exciting series of programs and activities about China that will enlighten our students and community and deepen our understanding of that country’s rich culture,” said Ken Jin, who was appointed director of the Confucius Institute last spring.

The Confucius Institute at KSU will operate under an agreement between the university and


  • Chinese Language Education.   These programs will include Chinese language teaching for students of all ages
  • Chinese Culture Awareness.   These programs will include events such as Chinese New Year Celebration, the Dragon Boat Festival, and other Chinese cultural events  
  • Study in
  •  International Business Education, including workshops and seminars in business strategies, case studies, and effective communication with their Chinese customers, suppliers and partners for companies which are doing business with
  •  Life Enrichment such as Chinese cooking, Chinese medicine, martial arts, and painting.

KSU’s ties with

 At the same time, KSU has emerged as a key regional player promoting Chinese language and culture. The university is one of only 10 sites in the



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