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Confucius Institute China Summer Programs


Summer 2011 Programming - Confucius Institute China Experience 2011

  • The Confucius Institute hosted 2 summer campus. The first was the Inaugural 2011 Adult Summer Camp, in which the CI led 44 faculty, staff, students, and community member to China for three-weeks, visiting Beijing, Baoding, and Tianjin.
  • The CI hosted its Inaugural 2011 Chinese Bridge Trip, in which 10 high school students participated in a two-week trip to Beijing, and Tianjin.

Spring/Summer 2012 Programming - Confucius Institute China Experience 2012

  • The Confucius Institute took flight again, for it 2nd Annual Adult Summer Camp, in which 28 faculty, staff, students and community member went on a two-week excursion to Beijing and Tianjin China.  A
  • The CI hosted the 2nd Annual Chinese Bridge Trip, in which the CI partnered with both the Housing Authority of Bowling Green and the Crane House, and sent 8 student to Beijing, Luoyang, and DengFeng China for two-week.  

Summer 2013 Programming - Confucius Institute China Experience 2013

  • The Confucius Institute is slated to take the Symphony at WKU to Beijing, Baoding, and Xi'an for a two-week trip.  The symphony orchestra will consist of 54 students/faculty, and they will perform at 4 different sites within China.  They will perform on the campus of North China Electric Power University in Beijing China, and at Beijing Language and Culture University.  Then the troupe will head to Baoding, China, and will perform at Hebei University and North China Electric Power University (Baoding).  
    • In conjunction with this trip, there will be an additional 22 individuals that are WKU Alumni/Donors that will be traveling with the group.  
  • The CI will again host the 3rd Annual Chinese Bridge Trip, and hopes to rekindle the partnerships from the Gatton Academy at WKU, Housing Authority of Bowling Green, and the Crane House in Louisville.  It seeks to also recruit a number of students from the local school systems, and hopes to have a group in excess of 20 - 30 students.  

Summer 2014 Programming : The Confucius Institute successfully completed 5 distinct summer programs in 2014.  The mission of the Confucius Institute’s summer programming took a more focused approach toward its summer programming.Confucius Institute China Experience 2014

  • First, the CI at WKU partnered with Gordon Ford College of Business, and the Educational Leadership Doctorate Program organized by Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, Mr. Terrill Martin, Mr. George Rasmussen, Dr. Richard Keaster, and Dr. Joseph Cangemi, who led a group of WKU students and participants (Mr. Jacob Bass, Mr. Luke Brigance, Mr. Johnathan Chen, Mr. Hayden Skinner Fine, Mr. Kyle Haessley, Mrs. Tina Hargett, Mrs. Jennifer Jackson, Mrs. Amanda Lee, and Ms. Marilyn Sink) to China for a 2-week trip to China, with the focus on “Corporate Leadership.”  They visited Alltech (Beijing, Tianjin, China), ZETEC (Shanghai), Source International (Xiamen), and Zoeller Taiwan Company, LTD (Taipei, Taiwan), as they hosted our delegation and graciously shared their experiences on conducting business in China, and the vaious leadership issues that they faced or/are facing.  At the conclusion, the group visited the companies Kentucky headquarters to get a full-rounded experience.

  • Second, the CI at WKU became the first CI to receive its own program as it invited a total of  11 individuals to Beijing Language and Culture University entitled, “Understanding China, Educational Leadership.”  The group consisted of three Kentucky Superintendents, Dr. Charles Proffitt, Dr. Nannette Johnston, and Dr. John Millay, along with principals and administrators (Mr. Darius Barati, that support the CI’s Hanban Teacher Program.  In China, the delegation was able to meet with the incoming teachers, BLCU administrators, and officials to get a better understanding of leadership and teaching practices in China, which would allow the Kentucky administrators to assist with the teacher acclimation process.  It was very education from both perspectives, as the administrators presented to the Chinese delegation on leadership and teaching practices in the U.S., specifically, Kentucky. 

  • Third, President Gary A. Ransdell has been personally invited by Madame Xu Lin (Director General of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters), to speak to the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters staff on “Leadership,” starting on July 5 through July 7, 2014 in Beijing, China.  Dr. Ransdell will discuss how leadership is defined,   what is effective leadership, conditions of leadership, and what sustained leadership means.  Hanban/Confucius Institute has opened its doors to allow someone from the U.S. Confucius Institute family to train their staff. 

  • Fourth, this is the 4th year that the CI at WKU will lead high school students to China.  To date, a total of 30 high school students have toured China as part of this program.  To date this will be the single largest group who will be taking flight on July 16 and will visit the provinces of Jilin and Guanxi, China.  The group this year is a record setting 20 students from Franklin/Simpson County (1), Housing Authority of Bowling Green (5), Gatton Academy (5), St. Francis High School (2), Louisville Collegiate (1), Hendersonville, TN (1), Bowling Green High School (2), and various members from the community (3). 

  • Fifth, the CI at WKU and the Institute for Combustion Science & Environmental Technology was approached by a Chinese Consortium who is seeking the following:

    • Direction on how to apply the same food regulations of the USDA toward the management of a diversified farming operations;
    • Discuss the ability of the soil and certain practices to produce vegetation crops in an urban setting (limited space);
    • How to involve corporate partnerships into a family farming situation.

    A WKU delegation has been formed between Dr. Wei-Ping Pan (CI & ICSET), Dr. Jack Rudolph (WKU Agriculture Department Head), Dr. Hanna (John) Khouryieh (Food Science Professor), Mr. Darwin Newton (USDA Representative), Mr. Greg Drake (USDA Representative), and Mr. Martin Cohron (ICSET and Kentucky Farmer) who will set flight on August 1, 2014 to meet with the consortium in Beijing/Baoding, China.  

Summer 2015 Programming : Please click the links below concerning all of the itineraries, requirements, and necessary documents.  

  • 2015 St. Francis School "Intensive Language Camp" 
  • 2015 Gatton Academy "Confucius China Study Plan - Intensive Research Camp"
  • 2015 "Understanding China - "Business Leadership"
  • High School China Summer Bridge Program

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