WMU and BLCU officials at annual meeting in China

WMU and BLCU officials
at annual meeting in China.

Confucius Institute annual meeting in China



President John Dunn, Dr. Wolfgang Schlӧr, associate provost of the Haenick Institute and Dr. Ying Zeng, WMU senior coordinator on Asia, visited Beijing Language and Culture University for the seventh annual board meeting of the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University on April 28, 2016.

On the BLCU side, the meeting was attended by BLCU Vice President Qi Dexiang, Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange Zhang Baojun, and Deputy Director Dong Chuan. Haitao Yu, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at WMU, also attended the meeting. The group discussed the 2015 annual report, as well as the 2016 work plan. Board members commended the expansion of the CI at WMU's outreach to additional schools in the Kalamazoo area, as well as the continued engagement with the Chinese immersion program in the Forest Hills school district in Grand Rapids. The CI board also expressed its satisfaction with the increased participation in community language and culture classes.

Following the board meeting, Dunn and BLCU President Xiliang signed the second implementation agreement on the CI at WMU. During their visit to BLCU, Schlӧr, Ying, and Yu also interviewed 10 prospective visiting teachers and volunteers who have applied to join the CI at WMU in summer 2016.

Welcome to the Haenicke Institute

The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education aspires to be a worldwide leader in developing opportunities for global learning, discovery, and engagement. Founded in 1998, the institute serves as Western Michigan University’s hub for international exchange, activity, and initiatives and as a resource to guide and support internationalization of the academic and campus environment. Recognizing that WMU’s students, faculty, staff, and its international partners are integral to these efforts, the institute is committed to working closely with the University community to develop opportunities that support and sustain the global engagement pillar of the University’s mission by:

  • Forging and sustaining mutually beneficial international partnerships.
  • Recruiting a diverse population of international students and scholars.
  • Sending students, faculty and staff abroad.
  • Supporting internationalization of the curriculum.
  • Providing campus- and community-based opportunities for global engagement.
  • Engaging with alumni.

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