|Confucius Institute established on campus|
December 14, 2005
SFSU has been chosen as the first western United States home for the Confucius Institute, a Chinese language center with offices around the world that is dedicated to making Chinese language instruction readily available to anyone who needs or wishes to learn. The establishment of a branch at SFSU places San Francisco among four U.S. cities to host the Confucius Institute. The others are New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. (based at the University of Maryland).
Driven by China's prominence in the world market, the number of people studying Chinese in the United States has climbed significantly. According to the Modern Language Association, the number has increased 20 percent since 1998.
Last spring, Sens. Joe Leiberman and Lamar Alexander introduced a bill to authorize $1.3 billion over five years to fund Chinese language instruction in schools with the aim of improving business and cultural relations with China.
The demand for Chinese classes in K-12 schools is already a priority in public education across the nation. Only 240 U.S. schools now offer Chinese but this number is expected to increase tenfold within the next few years. A program to certify qualified instructors of Chinese for K–12 schools is one of the responsibilities the institute will take on at SFSU.
of SFSU's colleges will collaborate on Confucius Institute programs.
The College of Education will train teachers and develop curricula.
The College of Humanities will offer courses to matriculated students
and the College of Extended Learning will provide classes to non-diploma
The Confucius Institute Program was developed in Beijing by China's National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. The institute's mission is to promote collegial relationships with other countries and enhance understanding of Chinese language and culture through facilitating instruction. Twenty branches of the institute have been established in other countries including Australia, Sweden, Japan and Great Britain.
at SFSU will report to the provost via the Office
of International Programs. The institute will operate as a
nonprofit organization and be responsible for most of its own fundraising.
It has already attracted
the attention of national political, cultural and education leaders
from the Chinese American community.
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