MDC Inaugurates Confucius Institute
Confucius, the greatest philosopher and educator of ancient China, emphasized the importance of education and study. In his name, Confucius institutes, non-profit public institutions, have been established around the world to promote knowledge of the Mandarin language and culture, particularly in the context of understanding modern China today.
Because Miami Dade College has a long commitment of strengthening educational ties with China, the College, in partnership with Xuzhou Normal University (XNU) and the Chinese Ministry of Education, has been awarded the honor of hosting the only Confucius Institute in South Florida. The Institute is sponsored by the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental affiliate of the Chinese Ministry of Education.
“The Confucius Institute at MDC will bring Chinese language and culture to Miami’s doorstep,” said Wei (Rosey) Yang-Krivak, director, International Partnerships, MDC. “For those who participate in these studies, a door will open for themselves and their families to the cultural and economic opportunities of China and beyond.”
An inauguration of the Confucius Institute is slated for April 29 at Wolfson Campus with the formal signing of the Institute partnership agreement between MDC and XNU, Jiangsu Province. Music and dance by gifted student performers from China and the MDC New World School of the Arts will celebrate the signing. An elegant reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held adjacent to the “Traces of Confucius” featuring renderings of 40 magnificent paintings commissioned by a Ming Emperor.
Earlier this year, the College once again sponsored the 22nd Annual Chinese New Year Festival celebration at the Kendall Campus. Acording to the Chinese zodiac, 2010, as the Year of the Tiger, should be a fast-paced one for our institution, ripe with opportunities and new ventures, heralding an auspicious future for the Confucius Institute at MDC.