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UB International Education Week Events Reported by Xinhua News Agency

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) organized and co-sponsored six programs as part of International Education Week, celebrated at the University at Buffalo (UB) the week of November 12-16, 2018.

Among the week’s highlights was an Amazing Chinese Opera show on Friday evening, November 16, in Slee Hall, performed by artists from the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University (SUNY). A large audience enjoyed the beauty, athleticism and splendor of Beijing opera pieces like The Hu Village, The Money Tree, and the Drunken Royal Concubine.

International Education Week is an annual initiative of the U.S. State Department and Department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and exchange. At the University at Buffalo, International Education Week introduces members of the UB community to the diverse perspectives of other cultures; increases students’ cross-cultural awareness and knowledge; and highlights the university’s international programs and global impact.

International Education Week has been coordinated by the UB Office of International Student Services since 2001.

Reporters from Xinhua News Agency in China accompanied the Binghamton performers and submitted articles about the performance and International Education Week at UB.

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The week-long series of events offered an opportunity to emphasize the Confucius Institute’s university-wide impact on teaching, research, scholarly exchange and cultural programing about China at UB.

In addition to the Beijing Opera program, Confucius Institute activities that were organized for International Education Week included:

  • An information session on scholarships for study in China, with presentations by recent Confucius Institute scholarship winner and graduate student in the UB Department of Philosophy Conor McMahon; UB Confucius Institute Associate Director Mark Yin; and UB Assistant Director of Fellowships and Scholarships Megan Stewart.
  • A symposium in conjunction with the Office of Global Health Initiatives on Cardio-metabolic Health in the 21st Century: A Global Agenda, featuring keynote speaker Simin Liu, professor of Epidemiology, Surgery and Medicine at Brown University.
  • A panel on Career and Collaboration Development for International Students and Scholars, also in conjunction with the Office of Global Health Initiatives, with Simin Liu, professor of Epidemiology, Surgery and Medicine, Brown University; Jian Feng, professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Jiwei Zhao, assistant professor of Biostatistics, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions; and Ajay Anand Myneni, assistant director of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
  • A film screening of The Third Way of Love and discussion of Chinese understandings of family and cultural values, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education.
  • An International Coffeehouse, organized by the Office of International Student Services, with Confucius Institute contributions of a calligraphy table and Chinese refreshments.

In addition to its valuable role supporting teaching and research about Chinese language and culture at the university, the UB Confucius institute supports Chinese language teaching in K-12 schools by providing teachers from China in association with Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and with Confucius Classroom funding; and organizes cultural program about China at the university and throughout the Western New York region.

In 2018, nearly 5,000 students throughout the Buffalo area studied Chinese language in programs supported by the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute.