CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina Charlotte is set to open a Confucius Institute this summer in an effort to further incorporate language instruction and other cultural opportunities on campus and in the Community.
UNCC will roll the Confucius Institute into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Language and cultural Studies. The new program will be facilitated, in part, by a partnership with Shanxi University in Taiyuan, Shanxi Provinvce.
“The Confucius Institute will expand our offerings in Chinese language and culture, both on campus and in the community,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Joan Lorden. “We look forward to the opportunities for unique cultural programming, study abroad and collaborative research that this new partnership will bring to Charlotte.”
Instructors from Shanxi university will have the opportunity to be teaching assistants at local K-12 schools and the public will have access to events such as conversation hours, films, seminars, lectures, and artistic performances.
“We see a growing demand for Chinese language instruction and cultural activities to better understand China, improve bilateral relations and better prepare students for future opportunities and challenges,” said College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean Nancy Gutierrez. “We anticipate the Confucius Institute will work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and other schools in the region to help students be better equipped to succeed in an increasingly globalized world.”
According to UNCC, the local Chinese population has grown 168 percent in the Charlotte area between 2010 and 2014.
UNCC will have a grand opening to celebrate the partnership on Wednesday 6:30, March 29th, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be open to the public and feature artistic performances.
UNCC will join the growing ranks of higher learning institutions with Confucius Institutes, including the University of South Carolina and North Carolina State University in the Carolinas.