By Ashley Murphy
The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute recently inaugurated a new Confucius Classroom at Transylvania University in Lexington Ky., on Jan. 30, 2017. The opening of the classroom makes Transylvania the second regional college to partner with UK Confucius Institute, with Asbury College being the first.
The Confucius Classroom is a program under the Confucius Institute for students and community to learn about Chinese language and Chinese culture. In particular, the Confucius Classroom provides opportunities and resources for students to study Chinese language and culture in a university setting or K-12 school setting.
The program allows Transylvania a start-up fund of $30,000 to purchase technology equipment, books and digital teaching material on Chinese studies. The fund will also be used to contribute to the refurbishing of the Confucius Classroom space.
The new Confucius Classroom gives Transylvania students opportunities to participate in study abroad and intern abroad in China, along with unique opportunities to participate in summer study trip to China with scholarships and China Bridge Speech contest.
The Transylvania University Confucius Classrooms are one of the six Confucius Classrooms in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As of December 2016, there are 1037 Confucius Classrooms in 140 countries,” said Huajing Maske, director of of UKCI and executive director of the Office of China Inititaives, “We at the UKCI are privileged to partner with Transylvanian University in our endeavor to bridge better understanding between the peoples of China and the United States and to work with faculty and students to foster global competency.”