The University of Kentucky will soon officially open its Global Model Confucius Institute. The dedication ceremony will take place on September 25, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library ground floor. UK leaders and presidents of Shanghai University, Jilin University, and Beijing Language and Culture University will be present to officially dedicate the newly renovated space, which has been designed to be a welcoming and functional base for UK's Confucius Institute.
Following the ribbon cutting, a celebratory performance of Inner Mongolian Dances and Music will be held in Singletary Center’s Recital Hall from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It is free and open to the public.
During the same week, the UK Confucius Institute will also inaugurate the Shanghai University Education Week at UK where University presidents and deans from multiple Chinese higher education institutions will engage in a forum discussing “Opportunities and Challenges of Higher Education in the 21st Century”; Shanghai University faculty and deans will engage in discussions of research collaborations in their various colleges and departments. Artisans of the Miao ethnicity will conduct master classes for Fine Arts students; an art exhibition featuring Miao ethnic embroidery and bamboo sculpture, UNESCO designated Intangible Culture Heritage, will be held in the new Confucius Institute space and in the School of Art and Visual Studies gallery on Bolivar Street.
On September 26, there will be an open house at the new Confucius Institute space in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for UK students, faculty and staff. The exemplary UK Confucius Institute was award $1.7 million by the Confucius Institute Headquarters for UK to renovate the ground floor space in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library. Formerly unremarkable rooms and storage areas have been transformed into a striking, modern and very functional space for UK's Model Confucius Institute.
Associate Provost for Internationalization, Sue Roberts, said "The beautiful new home for the Confucius Institute is centrally-located and very visible, so it can easily be a wonderful gathering place for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about China and Chinese language and culture. It will also be an efficient base for the Confucius Institute Director, Dr.Huajing Maske, and her staff where they can further develop their many positive engagements with the university and the community."
Since it was founded in 2010, the UK Confucius Institute has served as a conduit for UK’s China initiatives. It provides leadership and support for Chinese language and culture programs in Kentucky’s K-12 classrooms, and it functions as a hub for Chinese culture by providing authentic Chinese cultural programs that educate and enhance understanding of China for audiences all across the Commonwealth.