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Spring 2017 Community Chinese Classes

Registration is currently open for spring 2017 Community Chinese classes. Spring term 2017 will run from February 1 through April 7. There will be no classes held on the week of March 13 - 16 for spring break. View our list of class offerings here.


2016 Chinese Language Teacher's Conference

On Saturday, November 5 over 60 educators from across Minnesota attended the 9th annual Minnesota Chinese Language Teacher's Conference hosted by the Confucius Institute. Attendees had the opportunity to network, learn about Confucius Institute resources and listen to veteran Chinese teacher Lucy Lee's keynote lecture "Learning Chinese, Thinking Globally." Attendees also benefited from additional presentations from the University of Minnesota Chinese Flagship program and the University's College in the Schools program.

2016 Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the University of Minnesota Confucius Institute and the Minnesota Department of Education hosted the fourth annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. This event recognized more than 500 Minnesota students who had successful performances on the 2016 Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese proficiency test, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and/or the STAMP Proficiency Assessment.

Remarks were provided by Consul General Hong Lei of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago; Minnesota Department of Education Director of Government Relations, Adosh Unni; and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, Joan Brzezinski.

During the ceremony, selected student ambassadors had the opportunity to ask a question in Chinese and receive a response from Consul General Hong Lei on the topic “Friendship between the United States and China."

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and their families!

Confucius Institute Day 2016

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota welcomed over 150 guests to a day of martial arts-themed fun at its annual Confucius Institute Day festivities on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The morning activity was a martial arts demonstration by The Shaolin School and Boynton Health Services' David Phipott. Guests visited the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Memorial Auditorium Plaza to observe the performers and participate in demonstrations to learn moves of their own. Guests also enjoyed a variety of Chinese snacks and tea from event sponsor Chatime. The first 200 attendees recieved Confucius Institute Day T-shirts.

In the afternoon, guests attended a showing of “The Grandmaster” inside Northrop Auditorium’s Best Buy Theatre. The Oscar-nominated film, directed by Hong Kong native Kar-Wai Wong, depicts the life story of Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher and delighted the audience with its nonstop action.

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China Scholarship Info Session

Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Univeristy International Center

The China Center and Confucius Institute will host a joint informational session about scholarship and exchange program opportunities to China. College students and recent grads are encouraged to attend!
RSVP here!

Minnesota Chinese Speech Contest

Save the date: April 22, 2017
Location: University of Minnesota
More information coming soon!


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