Transylvania to open Confucius Classroom for Chinese studies

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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Transylvania University has been selected to be the site of a Confucius Classroom to raise awareness and interest for Chinese language and culture.

Through the program, Transylvania will be entitled to a start-up fund of $30,000 to buy tech equipment, books and digital teaching material on Chinese studies, and to set up an office space. The university also will be eligible for annual funds of $10,000 after the first year to promote the learning of Chinese language and other China studies both on campus and in the surrounding community.

Also, Transylvania students could receive travel scholarships and internships in that country—including an opportunity to attend summer academic camps in China.

“I am very excited about the Confucius Classroom, especially about all the great scholarship opportunities that the program is going to bring to Transy students for going to China, to study or engage in internship opportunities,” said Qian Gao, associate professor of Chinese language and culture. “And the Classroom entitles not only Chinese-learning students, but all Transy students to such great opportunities.”

The Confucius Classroom—which will operate in conjunction with the University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute—also will assist faculty members with opportunities to teach in China.

The Classroom will be funded through Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International.

Transylvania will have an opening reception for the Classroom on Monday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of Old Morrison. The event will include Chinese music and painting, along with information about learning and teaching opportunities in China. RSVP here.