During December 4 to 5, the 13th Global Confucius Institute Conference was held in Chengdu. Dr. Vivia L. Fowler, U.S. President of Wesleyan College, was awarded the Confucius Institute Outstanding Individual.
Since 2013, President Fowler has strongly supported the work of CIWC. She has made outstanding contributions to deepening the cooperation between Chinese and American universities and actively promoting Chinese and American cultural exchanges. With the support of President Fowler, CIWC has organized a variety of Chinese cultural activities for local colleges, schools, and communities for local students and residents to learn and understand the Chinese culture from different perspectives. During this period, President Fowler shared her personal experience of cooperating with China and experience of managing the affairs of Confucius Institute. She shared truth from facts and persisted in this truth setting an example in CIs around the U.S. This award not only the recognizes the personal contribution of Dr. Fowler, but also the cooperation between Guangzhou University and Wesleyan College.
During the Confucius Institute Conference, Tian Xuejun, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Education and Executive Director of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters, exchanged with Dr. Fowler on the development of the Confucius Institute and strengthening university cooperation. Dr. Fowler said that CIWC will continue to promote Chinese language teaching and host cultural activities. Deputy Minister Tian Xuejun thanked Dr. Fowler for her constructive comments and said that China will be more open to let more people understand the true value and role of the Confucius Institute. Confucius Institute itself will also improve its quality and efficiency.
In the same period, the annual council meeting of the CIWC was successfully held. Dr. Qu Shaobing, Chairman of Guangzhou University Council and the Chinese Board of Directors, Dr. Fowler, member of the Board of Directors, and Chinese as well as other administrators of Wesleyan College, and responsible persons of the relevant departments attended the annual council meeting.
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