Idaho Renews Sister State Agreement with China's Shanxi Province
On June 15, 2015 a delegation from China's Shanxi Province led by Governor LI Xiaopeng renewed the province's Sister State agreement with Idaho's Governor Butch Otter. The University of Idaho Confucius Institute attended this event and met with the university presidents from Shanxi University, Shanzi Agricultural University, Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan University of Technology, and the Business College of Shanxi University. UI signed a MOU with Shanxi University to further our collaboration and cooperation.
In 1985, Idaho Governor John Evans and Shanxi Vice Governor BAI Qingcai signed the original Sister State agreement, beginning the first stages of cultural exchange between the two states. Over the course of 30 years, the agreement has opened the way for cultural, sports, and educational exchanges. China's Shanxi Province is located southwest of Beijing and is approximately seven times the size of Idaho with a population of 25 million and a climate similar to that of southwestern Idaho..
The state of Idaho has also developed sister state relationships with three other states in Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan to promote closer relationships and cooperative ventures in agriculture, government, culture, tourism, industry, and education.
2015 Chinese Summer Camp
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute has sent its first group of students to Guangzhou and Beijing for language and culture immersion. Students from the Moscow High School and University of Idaho will spend two weeks learning first hand about Chinese customs, architecture, education, visiting host families, and honing the Mandarin language skills they have begun developing here in Idaho. Follow their adventure on Facebook
. Interested in joining us next summer? Register for one of our Chinese language classes today!
2015 Chinese New Year Celebration at Bob's
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute partnered with Vandals Dining for their Chinese New Year celebration in Bob's Dining Center in the UI's Wallace Complex. Student volunteers and UICI faculty delighted attendees with several Chinese cultural performances during the dinner hour. Following the performances students were invited into the activity area where they could learn how to use chopsticks, challenge themselves with Chinese games, get their names written in Chinese calligraphy and learn about Chinese language and culture programs offered at UI.
2015 Lena Whitmore Elementary Week Assembly
Confucius Institute faculty, UI students, and dedicated volunteers performed a variety of Chinese cultural performances for the children of Moscow's Lena Whitmore Elementary school at their annual International Week assembly. Taiji Sword, Taiji Fan, a Chinese "fashion show," and Chinese calligraphy were performed for the students, in addition to a Celtic dance by other young performers for the students. Confucius Institute Co-Director Dr. Hexian Xue gifted a Qipao dress to the school's collection of clothes from all over the world. The impressive collection is displayed in Lena Whitmore's hallways during the International Week. The donation of the dress adds to other cultural materials donated by the Confucius Institute to Lena Whitmore earlier in the month of February including children's educational books, Chinese lanterns, and a flag of China for the school's collection of world flags.
UICI Donates to Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
As part of the kick-off event for the 2015 Chinese Movie Night season, the University of Idaho Confucius Institute donated a Blu-Ray region-free DVD player to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. The local non-profit performing arts venue depends on community member support to maintain the historic theater on Moscow's Main Street, and to expand their event programming.
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UI President Staben Meets with South China University of Technology Faculty
University of Idaho Confucius Institute Co-Director Dr. Hexian Xue and South China University of Technology instructors Jianhong Lu, Jing Tian, and Juan Liu met with President Staben in his office in early January. President Staben reviewed the lesson plans of each instructor, learned of their adventures in Idaho, their travels around the U.S., and he wished them well on the start of a new semester at the UI. An article on the meeting was featured on the Hanban website, and is available here
Chinese Food Club Begins at University of Idaho
Beginning in December 2014, the University of Idaho Confucius Institute now offers a Chinese Food Club for students and community members. Every month participants will have an opportunity to learn how to make authentic Chinese cuisine under the masterful tutelage of Chef Yinghao Wang. While participants enjoy sampling the fruits of their labor, they will also have the opportunity to learn some basic Chinese words and phrases to increase their culinary confidence in the kitchen! Space is limited, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 885-7110 to reserve your space at the next Chinese Food Club event. General registration is $5.00 per event. Students participate for free. RSVP today!
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9th Confucius Institute Conference
A delegation from the University of Idaho, led by President Chuck Staben, traveled to Xiamen, China for the 9th Confucius Institute Conference. This year was the first time the conference was held outside of Beijing. Directors of Confucius Institutes and presidents of the host universities from 126 different countries and regions across the world attended the two day conference. Seven presidents' forums and seven directors' forums took place, with discussions centered around 14 subjects such as the cultural and academic functions of the Confucius Institute.
Northwest Nations Upward Bound College Simulation Program Success
This summer the University of Idaho Confucius Institute became the first U.S. Confucius Institute to work with the Upward Bound Federal TRIO program. Our instructor Mrs. Jianhong Lu and her assistant Ms. Siwei Sun worked together with fourteen students to explore Chinese language and culture over the course of a week on the Moscow campus. Students learned about Chinese geography, basic Chinese words and phrases, the cultural significance of Chinese calligraphy, and the differences between U.S. and Chinese educational systems. One of the primary outcomes of the course offered by the Confucius Institute was aimed at increasing students' cultural competence, and global awareness. Students reported at the end of the Upward Bound Program that the Confucius Institute contribution "made them more enthusiastic about taking a foreign language in the future."
University of Idaho Confucius Institute Approved for HSK Testing Facility
On July 12, 2014 the University of Idaho Confucius Institute was authorized by Hanban (the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as an Official Language) to begin the establishment of an HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì or Chinese Proficiency Test) Testing Center to serve the people of Idaho and the Inland Northwest region. This center will also offer the HSKK speaking proficiency test, Youth Chinese Test (YCT) and Business Chinese Test (BCT) as our program expands.
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute's Chinese Test Center will hold its first tests (the HSK Level II and Level III) on November 8, 2014. Registration deadline is October 29, 2014.
Learn More About the Chinese Test Center and the HSK Test Here
New Chinese culture courses offered at the University of Idaho.
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute has added additional courses for the Fall 2014 semester!
Tai Ji, Tai Ji Sword, and Chinese Film Appreciation!
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The Confucius Institute personnel participate in 7th National Chinese Language Conference.
May 8-10, 2014 - Shengfei Han, former Co-Director of Confucius Institute at University of Idaho and Jianhong Lu, Chinese language instructor, attended the 7th annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) in Los Angeles, California.
The NLCL is dedicated to new ideas and best practices in the field of Chinese language teaching and learning and U.S.–China educational exchange. This year's program continued to focus on cutting-edge approaches to teaching that incorporate culture, technology, international exchange, program quality and sustainability, and best practices in the classroom leading to high levels of language proficiency and deeper knowledge of China.
Confucius Institute Headquarters, based in Beijing China, held a special session on issues related to the establishment of Confucius Classrooms in the U.S. which are inspiring and encouraging to what our institute is currently working on with Moscow High School and the school districts of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls.
A session was also convened on the Chinese immersion programs and related concepts and theories. Many theories were proposed such as setting the target of immersion education as producing culturally global citizens and learning Chinese through studying the Chinese culture or relevant disciplines or vice versa, instead of a mono-dimensional language teaching process. The explorations will continue.
Through attending this important conference, our members of UI learned a lot of information on teaching methods, class activities, and also established friendships with other local Chinese language teachers. This will help further the development of our Confucius Institute programs and increase the opportunities for Idaho students and educators.
The Confucius Institute extends its Chinese Movie Night beyond initial film festival.
Following the popularity of the first two Chinese Movie Night programs, the Confucius Institute will extend the original University of Idaho Confucius Institute Chinese Film Festival into a recurring monthly event for students and community members.
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(Opening ceremony of Confucius Institute at University of Idaho)
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