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The George Washington University Signs Agreement to Establish the GW Confucius Institute

January 14, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:           
Michelle Sherrard
202-994-1423; mcs1@gwu.edu

WASHINGTON—The George Washington University will soon be home to the GW Confucius Institute to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification and enable prosperous growth of research on China Studies. Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 BC), the institute will be one of 360 worldwide and the first to be established in Washington, D.C.

The Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China—overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International and affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education— is providing George Washington with start-up money, 3,000 volumes of Chinese books, teaching and audio-visual materials, as well as access to online courses in support of the institute. The institute is planned to launch in fall 2013 in a renovated facility located on the university’s Foggy Bottom campus.

“GW is excited to offer this extensive global learning opportunity with our partners in China,” said Peg Barratt, dean of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, where the institute will be housed and administered. “Our students, faculty, and the extended community—including government and business entities—will all benefit through this enhanced educational and cultural experience.”

The GW Confucius Institute will host a team of faculty members and graduate students from a university in China to teach and administer the institute’s operations. GW is currently finalizing an agreement to establish this partnership with Nanjing University, one of the oldest, most prestigious and selective institutes of higher learning in China.

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