UK Confucius Institute Recieves Global Recognition As Best in World for 2012
LEXINGTON, KY--Despite only operating for two years, the University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute recently earned a high honor.
Out of more than 430 worldwide, it was named institute of the year by the Hanban, an office of China's Ministry of Education that oversees language instruction abroad. Director Huajing Maske says that the key to their success has been branching out beyond K-12 education.
"What distinguishes us is our great effort in working with the University program. In other words, we work as a conduit to UK's China initiative."
This initiative consists of various aspects. One is partnerships with major Chinese universities, which allow for student and faculty exchanges as well as collaborative research. Another aspect is cultural events, ranging from art exhibitions to musical performances and even a spring gala. Finally, Maske notes that Chinese language classes have been a huge success.
"In the first year I'm so glad to say that we have students ranging from ages six months to eighty-one years old. We have all sorts of school age students and professionals who want to try out Chinese.”
Maske says that among other things, the institute aims to become a gateway to China for Kentuckians and the leader in K-12 education for Chinese language and culture.