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UMass and Chinese Officials to Launch New University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute

UMass and Chinese Officials to Launch New

University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute

  WHO:             Officials from the University of Massachusetts and China's Ministry of Education, including

·         UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen Tocco

·         UMass President Jack M. Wilson

·         UMass Boston Chancellor Michael F. Collins, MD

·         Xu Lin, Director General, Hanban (Office of the Chinese Language Council International)

·         Liu-Pengzhi, Vice President, Renmin University

WHAT:          Launch the University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute located at UMass Boston

WHEN:          Monday, November 20, 2006, 11:15 a.m.

WHERE:        The UMass President's Office, 225 Franklin Street, 33rd Floor, Boston, MA

University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute located at UMass Boston is a non-profit public institute to promote the teaching and understanding of Chinese language and culture and support Chinese language education in Massachusetts.

Based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Confucius Institute is the seventh established in the United States and the first in New England. The institute will also provide learning opportunities for the community, a clearinghouse of Chinese language and cultural materials, and a platform for research into Chinese culture.

11/20/06