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“Fostering Futures through Mandarin: The K-16 Pipeline to a Global Career”

A conference hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota in celebration of its 10th anniversary

Monday, October 29, 2018
McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak Street Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota will convene representatives from the various life stages of Chinese language learning with an eye toward fostering futures in Mandarin. In Minnesota alone, more than 12,000 K-12 students are currently studying Chinese. How are K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and the workforce in the U.S. preparing these students to maximize language and culture skills in their academic and professional careers?




A block of rooms has been reserved at the Graduate Hotel at the rate of $160 plus tax. If booking online, enter group code 102818UMCI and click “check availability” or go directly to the block using this link. If booking by phone, ask for the “Fostering Futures through Mandarin Conference block.”

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Discussion Session and Poster Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

Proposals are invited for discussion and poster sessions. Proposals on all aspects of Chinese language learning are welcome, including but not limited to the following four conference themes:

  • Early Language Learning (K-6)
  • Middle and High School Years Language Learning (7-12)
  • Enhancing Chinese Proficiency during the Undergraduate Years
  • Using Chinese Language in the Workforce

Accepted presenters will receive a 20% discount on conference registration. Sessions should be presented in English. Email questions to

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Conference Host

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota was established in 2008 to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota. It is a collaborative initiative between the University of Minnesota, the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Capital Normal University in Beijing. CIUMN is one of 109 Confucius Institutes in the U.S. and 500 worldwide. Confucius Institutes are named for the Chinese philosopher known for encouraging deep independent thought and the study of the outside world.