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Chinese Teachers Gather on UK Campus for Professional Development Conference

Thursday, April 14, 2016

By Lauren Henrickson

 

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute’s mission is to act as the gateway between China and the Bluegrass, but its reach and influence far exceed the borders of Kentucky.

The UKCI hosted its third Multi-State Chinese Teachers’ Professional Development Conference Nov. 14-16 on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The conference served as a gathering and training for 100 Confucius Institute (CI) teachers from 21 states who teach in U.S. classrooms.

Charles Carlson, senior vice provost for Academic Excellence, spoke at the opening ceremony, discussing how important it is for people of different cultures to understand and learn from one another.

“The success we had with this conference can be attributed to the support of the university’s leadership,” said Huajing Maske, director of the UKCI and executive director of the Office of China Initiatives.

While on campus, the CI teachers participated in breakout sessions, trainings and other hands-on learning activities, allowing them to be better prepared to teach within the American classrooms.

“When we are able to do things like this, it’s beyond Kentucky,” Maske said. “It brings UK’s name onto the national stage and helps us to develop a reputation in Chinese language teaching.”

The UKCI is continuing to expand its reach on UK’s campus and within the Commonwealth through a variety of initiatives, and this conference was another example of how the UKCI’s reach surpasses the Kentucky borders.

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