WSU CI Cuts Ribbon at Schoolcraft


The WSU-CI held its ribbon-cutting ceremony to extend programming at Schoolcraft College on October 17, 2017 to an enthusiastic audience of mostly civic, college and K-12 officials along with leaders from Detroit-based Chinese organizations. Welcoming remarks were provided by Dan West, President of the Livonia City Chamber of Commerce; Tom Watkins, former State Superintendent of Education and well-known advocate for Chinese language education; and Cheryl Hawkins, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Schoolcraft College. John Brender, Director of the Confucius Institute at Wayne State University, provided a short introduction about the goals and missions of Confucius Institutes worldwide and concluded with a 12-minute video spotlighting the Confucius Institute at Wayne State University and its many offering.

Brender later remarked, "My staff and I are heartened by the enthusiasm and excitement we have witnessed thus far at Schoolcraft College. Although we are beginning our extended programming by offering Confucius Cafe lectures on Tuesdays at noon, virtually every program we offer on our home campus could be extended to Schoolcraft College. In the coming weeks, I aim to meet with various Schoolcraft administrators to discuss collaborating on an annual Chinese cooking contest, study abroad opportunities in China, and a Chinese language and culture summer camp for middle and high school students. Wherever the Schoolcraft community provides an interest in China or Chinese culture, we hope to respond with a viable opportunity, program, or event."

The 12-minute video showcasing the WSU-CI's programming was produced by the Emmy-award winner Walter Marshall and was the most viewed Confucius Institute video in the world when it first appeard in 2014. To see the video on Youtube, click below:

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WSU CI Cuts Ribbon at Schoolcraft 10/18/2017
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