Ni Hao and welcome to the Confucius Institute at Auburn Montgomery!
The Office of Chinese Language Council International, or Hanban, has cleared the way for Auburn University at Montgomery to establish a Confucius Institute on campus, joining a network of more than 300 organizations worldwide to promote Chinese language and culture.
“We are incredibly proud to be able to establish the AUM Confucius Institute, and we consider our partnership with the Office of Chinese Language Council International one of this university’s highest honors,” said Chancellor John G. Veres III. “This achievement is a testament to the vision and hard work of all those associated with AUM’s Far Eastern Initiatives and to the relationships we have built with the faculty, staff and students of our 34 sister universities in China.”
Veres and former Special Assistant to the Chancellor Yaw-Chin Ho, and head of the Office of East Asia Initiatives, traveled to Beijing in late March, where they formalized the university’s partnership with Hanban at its headquarters on March 23. Hubei University of Economics, located in Wuhan, has been assigned as AUM’s academic partner in China.
On November 2, 2012, in partnership with the Hubei University of Economics, AUM unveiled its Confucius Institute. Attending the grand opening were officials from the Montgomery municipal government and school district, representatives from the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, and a delegation from the Hubei University of Economics led by President Zhou Yuanwu. Over 200 guests gathered to witness the creation of the second Confucius Institute in the state of Alabama.