Board of Education salutes SDSU's Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute at San Diego State University has been recognized by the Board of Education for creating "learning opportunities for students, teachers, staff, parents, and community partners, who are working together to provide the best Chinese Culture and Mandarin Language Acquisition Program in the nation."
Sponsored by Michael McQuary, Subdistrict C Representative and Board of Education President, the Board unanimously approved the proclamation at its Feb. 23 meeting.
The Confucious Institute and San Diego State University not only provide support at several San Diego Unified schools that offer Mandarin Chinese instruction, but also have "provided and facilitated many opportunities for San Diego Unified teachers, parents, students, and administrators to visit China and learn about Chinese culture and language; and the CI focuses on teacher training and aims to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation between China and the United States," according to the Board meeting record.
The Confucius Institute at San Diego State University was established in collaboration with the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban) in China and serves as a bridge between the USA and China. One of the goals of the CI is to assist local schools with the development of Chinese language programs and to provide them with teaching resources that highlight education, arts, and culture.