Kennesaw State’s Confucius Institute to host Georgia education officials in China


Visit will explore future of pre-k-12 Chinese language instruction in state  KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Jun 1, 2012)Visit will explore future of pre-k-12 Chinese language instruction in state 

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 31, 2012) — Representatives of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s Bright from the Start program, the state’s department of education and the governor’s office will visit China June 5-15 as guests of the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University. They will meet with Chinese culture and education officials to discuss programs offering Chinese language instruction in Georgia’s pre-k though 12 schools.


Bobby Cagle, commissioner, Bright from the Start
Susan Adams, assistant commissioner, Bright from the Start
Kristin Bernhard, education policy advisor for Gov. Nathan Deal
Bill Gambill, special staff administrative assistant for State School Superintendent John D. Barge
Jon Valentine, Department of Education program specialist for languages and international education

The delegation also will include:

Arlethia Perry-Johnson, vice president for external affairs at Kennesaw State

Ken Jin,director, Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State

Cathy (Dongmei) Liao, assistant director, Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State


The trip is organized by Kennesaw State’s Confucius Institute, which offers Chinese language instruction to more than 2,300 students ages 2 to 18 in Cobb, Hall and White counties. In September, the institute will begin providing instruction in Mandarin to pre-k through third-grade students in all 25 elementary schools in Bibb County. The institute has arranged for Georgia education officials to meet with officials of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), which oversees 358 Confucius Institutes around the world, and with teachers being trained to teach Chinese in Georgia schools. They also will tour schools and meet with administrators at Yangzhou University, the Kennesaw State Confucius Institute’s partner in China.  .


The delegation will visit Beijing, Yangzhou and Shanghai, China from June 5-15.


Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 130 countries.  



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit