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The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) Selected as One of the Top Confucius Institutes in the World

"The CIUM Receives National and International Recognition"

The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) was recently selected as one of the top seven Confucius Institutes in the United States and one of the top twenty-six Confucius Institutes in the world by the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban). Hanban is the corporate headquarters for Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms worldwide.

The selection for this prestigious award was based on key components such as school partnerships, community involvement, leadership, development of key partners, enrichment programs involving the teaching and promotion of Chinese language, cultural programs, innovative use of teaching methodologies, etc.

The CIUM was founded on August 13, 2007 under the direction and leadership of Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, a 75th direct descendant of Confucius. The CIUM opened its doors with two full-time employees in borrowed space at the University of Memphis. Today, the CIUM has over forty employees in a spacious office on the 11th floor of Wilder Tower at the University of Memphis.

"It is an honor to be selected for such a prestigious award among so many worthy candidates," stated Dr. Kung. "Presently, the CIUM is working with over 35 partner schools teaching Chinese language and culture to over 7,000 students in public, private, and parochial schools in Tennessee. In addition, the CIUM annually offers Chinese summer immersion camps in Memphis, Chinese Summer Bridge camps for high school students to travel to China, Chinese Winter Bridge programs for school administrators to China, community programs, cultural programs, teaching workshops, and serves as a research center for Sino-U.S. relations, teaching, and cultural initiatives."

The CIUM is a proud partner of the University of Memphis and Hubei University in Wuhan, China. The leadership provided by Dr. Shirley Raines, University of Memphis president, and Dr. Xiong Jianmin, Hubei University president, has been instrumental in creating a successful foundation for the CIUM.

"Our program also includes an undergraduate program for students majoring in Asian Studies and International Trade (ASIT). The ASIT program includes classes in international business, the humanities, and Asian languages specifically Chinese and Japanese. One semester to study abroad in China, Japan, or Korea is also a part of the ASIT program," noted Dr. Kung. "We have so much to be proud of at the CIUM. We have a great team, wonderful students, and amazing partner schools across Tennessee. The future looks very bright for the CIUM."

For additional information about the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis, please visit www.memphis.edu/cium or contact 901-678-2595.