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UB Honors Outgoing CNU President Gong Huili

On December 3, 2017, advisory board members and directors of the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) held a luncheon at the Shanghai Xiao Nanguo restaurant in Beijing to honor President Gong Huili of Capital Normal University (CNU). Dr. Gong completed his term as CNU president in December 2017. As CNU president, Dr. Gong was an inaugural member of the UBCI advisory board and served as co-chair with Stephen C. Dunnett, UB Vice Provost for International Education.

On behalf of University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi, Dr. Dunnett presented President Gong with a plaque honoring him “for his exceptional leadership in strengthening institutional ties with UB and supporting the UB Confucius Institute’s mission to promote knowledge of Chinese language and culture.”

With President Gong’s leadership on the board of advisors and the support of the exceptional faculty and staff of Capital Normal University, UBCI has developed into one of the premier Confucius Institutes in North America. In December 2016, UBCI was recognized as a “Confucius Institute of the Year” at the annual global conference in Kunming, China, for its significant impact on teaching and research about Chinese language and culture at UB and throughout Western New York.

The UB Confucius Institute also honored President Gong with the “Confucius Educator Award” in recognition of his “stalwart support of the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and outstanding contributions to international education as an administrator and scholar.

As his tenure as CNU president comes to an end, Dr. Gong plans to pursue his principal research interests in geological environmental and groundwater management, environmental remote sensing, and geological disasters. We are grateful for his work on behalf of the UB Confucius Institute and wish him well in his future endeavors.