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               MU Confucius Institute
  A Platform for Language, Culture, Economy, and Research

                     密 苏 里 大 学 孔 子 学 院

                                  April 8, 2011
                             Jesse Hall Auditorium

                               Celebration Concert
                                     10:00-11:00 am
        Performed by the Chinese Folk Music Band of Shanghai Normal
        University, China and the Graduate String Quartet and a Graduate
                 Steel Drum Soloist from MU’s School of Music

                                Opening Ceremony
                                       2:30-5:00 pm
                                 Video and Slide Show
                            Chinese Folk Music Performance

These stone lions were carved 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty in Qufu, China. Qufu was the
birthplace of Confucius. The Chinese government gave the pair of stone lions to the Missouri School
of Journalism in 1931. They sit prominently at the School’s entrance on Ninth Street.
        From Chancellor Deaton and Mrs. Anne Deaton

                                        We take seriously the responsibility to prepare
                                        our students to take their place in the larger
                                        world. China has a long history as a significant
                                        part of human experience and now makes
                                        up about 1/5 of the human presence on our
                                        planet. And although our own history as a
                                        country is only 235 years old, the University of
                                        Missouri’s relationship with China has already
                                        achieved 100 years through the first ties with
                                        our world-renowned School of Journalism. The
                                        establishment of the University of Missouri
                                        (MU) Confucius Institute will enhance and
                                        enrich our understanding of Chinese language
                                        and culture. It will also expand and deepen
                                        cultural and educational exchanges between
China and the University, the larger community of Columbia, and the state of Missouri.

In partnership with Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), the MU Confucius Institute
will bring Chinese language education to K-12 students as well as university students
in Columbia and Missouri. It will enhance the economic development of Missouri
through preparation of professionals in business, trade, investment, and finance to
work in a China-related environment and provide consultative services to those who
wish to develop business relationships between Missouri and China. It will address
the increasing need of Missourians to engage with China and Chinese colleagues and
peers. Our partner SHNU and MU are committed to working together to ensure that the
MU Confucius Institute is successful.

We are honored by your presence at this memorable and historical occasion and look
forward to engaging with you in the years ahead.


Brady J. Deaton                            Anne Deaton
Chancellor                                 First Lady
University of Missouri                     University of Missouri
                  From Provost Brian L. Foster
I am pleased and honored to
welcome our distinguished guests
from Shanghai Normal University
to the opening ceremony of the
University of Missouri’s Confucius
Institute. As the university’s chief
academic officer, I have found our
relationship with Shanghai Normal
to be an outstanding example of the
many achievements made possible
through international collaboration.
Increasingly, international initiatives,
collaboration, and exchanges have
become key aspects of Mizzou’s
strategic plan. Our faculty and stu-
dents embrace the global perspec-
tive by engaging in international research and participating in interdisciplinary
programs and courses offered at the university. The Confucius Institute will
expand Mizzou’s academic appeal to prospective students.

Moreover, our faculty has expertise and research interests in numerous
international areas: British constitutional law; global health, food supply and
environmental issues; international education; nanotechnology research with
global implications; and cross-national trade and energy issues to name only
a few. Given the increasingly diverse global research interests of our faculty
and students, a Confucius Institute is a fitting and needed addition to our

We wish the Confucius Institute much success in the coming years.


Brian L. Foster
Provost, University of Missouri
University of Missouri
             From Vice Provost Handy Williamson
                                          On behalf of the Office of the Vice
                                          Provost for International Programs, I
                                          welcome you to the inaugural
                                          opening of the Confucius Institute
                                          (CI) at the University of Missouri,
                                          Columbia. The Confucius Institute
                                          is born out of MU’s collaborative
                                          partnerships with Shanghai Normal
                                          University. The Confucius Institute’s
                                          headquarters will serve as a schol-
                                          arly bridge between east and west.
                                          MU aims to provide an environment
                                          conducive for collaborative intellec-
                                          tual inquiry, international scholarship,
                                          and business and cultural develop-
                                         ment. The CI will make MU a distinct
place of welcome for visitors, current and future faculty and students, and
for entrepreneurs seeking to promote economic development. Collaboration
between China and the U.S. has long been a goal of our leadership: now our
dreams become reality.

The long-standing collaborations between Chinese universities and the
University of Missouri, Columbia have been instrumental in the continued
development of Chinese cultural programs. Because of the collaboration MU
can boast of thousands of friends and alumni across China. MU is now the
choice place of study for hundreds of students from China and many faculty
members from there as well. Indeed, your presence at these opening events
demonstrates precisely how far our collaboration truly has come.

We are pleased that you are here to share in the celebration, which includes
musical festivities, and a taste of American and Chinese cultures.

We are grateful to Shanghai Normal University and the Consulate General
of the People’s Republic of China. We appreciate their assistance with the
development of the Confucius Institute and look forward to continued
institutional collaboration.


Handy Williamson, Jr.
Vice Provost, International Programs
University of Missouri
                        From Senator Kit Bond

Dear Friends,

Thank you for joining me today in
celebrating another step in the
deepening friendship between the
Chinese and American people.

While our countries may not have
language or culture in common, we are
united in our hope for the security and
prosperity of our people. And as the
world grows increasingly interdependent,
developing closer ties and greater
cross-cultural understanding are critical
to improving the lives of our citizens.
Expanding programs like educational and cultural exchanges are key to the long-
term strategic and political interests of both our nations.

With today’s launch of the Confucius Institute, the University of Missouri will
be at the forefront of this important bilateral initiative. Named after the Chinese
philosopher known for encouraging independent thought and the study of the
outside world, this Institute will offer students and the community a window into
the Chinese culture.

In partnership with Shanghai Normal University, the University of Missouri-
Columbia campus was chosen as the site of the second Confucius Institute in
Missouri. Through programs like language and cultural studies, Missouri-Chinese
business development, and cooperative research, the Institute will strengthen
the relationship between our two nations and between the Chinese people and
citizens of Missouri.

Since I served as Missouri’s Governor I have been proud that our State is home
to an institution as committed to excellence as the University of Missouri. Thanks
to the dedication and vision of the faculty and leaders at MU, the students here
today will leave with the tools, training, and international perspective needed to
become the policy-makers and thinkers of tomorrow.


Christopher S. Bond
                            From Director Xu Lin

                                           On the forthcoming grand opening
                                           ceremony of the Confucius Institute at
                                           the University of Missouri, I would like
                                           to express my warmest congratulations
                                           on behalf of Hanban/Confucius Institute
                                           Headquarters! My heartfelt thanks go to all
                                           involved for their hard work!

                                           The University of Missouri, as the alma
                                           mater of the American journalist Edgar
                                           Snow, an old friend of China, established
                                           friendly relationships with China as early
                                           as the1920’s. The establishment of the
                                           Confucius Institute will develop a new
                                           stage of the educational exchange and
                                          cooperation between the University of
Missouri and China. The Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will fully support
the development of the Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri. I believe
that through joint efforts of our two countries, the Institute will make outstanding
achievement and become a bond and bridge of friendship between China and the
U.S. and the world.

I wish all the best to the Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri!

Sincerely yours,

Xu Lin
Director General, Hanban
Chief Executive, Confucius Institute Headquarters
                           From President Li Jin

The Confucius Institute is being
established at the University of Missouri
(MU) in partnership with Shanghai Normal
University (SHNU). On behalf of SHNU’s
40,000 faculty, staff, and students, I would
like to extend my congratulations to MU.

SHNU and MU will continue to build strong
cooperation. MU has one of the most
recognized School of Journalism in the
world. The research produced by the MU
schools of agriculture, business, medicine,
education, and computer science is very
strong. Similarly SHNU has a Research
Center of the City Culture established
by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The research has been very successful in
the areas of Chinese language and literature, journalism and communication, and
educational psychology. SHNU has paid great attention to its internationalization;
that SHNU can positively facilitate the establishment of the Confucius Institute on
the MU campus is a good example of SHNU’s international vision.

The establishment of the MU Confucius Institute has special significance. Global
visions and a multicultural climate are required of modern universities. The
Confucius Institute will be one of multicultural platforms where MU and SHNU
faculty, staff, and students can have more opportunity to have cross-cultural
experiences and further enrich our university cultures. The communication and
cooperation between MU and SHNU will become a bridge of building our friendship
and deepening the mutual understanding and appreciation between the U.S. and

The newly established MU Confucius Institute is a good start to cooperation
between our two universities, which will continue to expand in the future. SHNU
will do its best to fully support the development of the MU Confucius Institute. We
confidently believe that the MU Confucius Institute will achieve great success and
have a exciting future.


Li Jin
Shanghai Normal University
            Opening Ceremony Program
   Dr. Handy Williamson, Vice Provost for International

Congratulatory Speeches
   Chancellor Brady Deaton
   Deputy Consul General Kun Lu
   Honorable Senator Kit Bond
   Former Governor Bob Holden

Chinese Folk Music Performance
   Shanghai Normal University

Keynote Speech
   President Jin Li, Shanghai Normal University

Ribbon Cutting

Plaque Unveiling

Gift Exchange

Chinese Folk Music Performance
   Shanghai Normal University

Remarks by Guests
  Superintendent Chris Belcher
  Mr. Michael Volz
  Dr. Wen Ouyang

Video and Slide Show
   MU in China
   Shanghai Expo

Closing Remarks
   Dr. Handy Williamson, Vice Provost for International
            Celebration Concert 10:00-11:00 am:
        A Salute to Music: The Universal Language
  The concert is in celebtration of the opening ceremony of the
  Confucisus Institute at the University of Missouri (MU) in partnership
  with Shanghai Normal University (SHNU). It is performed by the
  Chinese Folk Music Band of SHNU, China and the Graduate String
  Quartet and a graduate Streel Drum Soloist from MU’s School of
                     SHNU Chinese Folk Music Band
                    Ye Jin: Assistant Professor/Director/Pipa
                    Yang Liu: Assistant Professor/Chinese Flute
                    Jun Shan: Junior/Suona
                    Shiwei Huang: Junior/Guzheng
                    Yichu Zhu: Sophormore/Urheen
                                            1. Tutti
	 																															Jubiliance,	Butterflies	in	Love

                              2. PiPa and GuZheng
                       Moonlight over the River in Spring

                                   3. Urheen
                            Horse Racing, Latin Style

                               4. Chinese Flute
                    The Affection between Fish and Water

                             5. Suona
         The Snow Latern Show at the Lantern Festival, Good Days

                              6. China Flute and Suona

                                   7. Tutti
                          Almixan, In the Remote Place
        MU Graduate String Quartet

                Dr. Dan Willett
             Associate Professor
   Associate Director of the School of Music

   Joanna Metsker: Graduate Student/Violin
   Ronaldo Sarmanho: Graduate Student/Violin
   Busya Lugovier: Graduate Student/Viola
   Kevin High: Graduate Student/Cello
   Skip Thompson: Graduate Student/Steel Drums

1. Op. 33, No.6 in D Major: Franz Joseph Haydn
               Vivace Assai; Andante

             2. Enji: Andy Akiho

             3. Ao: Andy Akiho
 Chinese Musical Instruments
The pipa, called the Chinese guitar, is a four-stringed lute
with a pear-shaped body. It belongs to the plucked family
of instruments. The pipa appeared around 221-206 BC and
was developed from 206 BC-220 AD. It has been played for
nearly two thousand years in China and is one of the most
popular Chinese musical instruments. The Chinese pipa
offers a wide range (3.5 octaves) through its short and bent
neck having 30 frets. It is the parent instrument of some
Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean musical instruments.

The Guzheng, sometimes referred to as the Chinese harp
or Chinese piano, belongs to the zither family of string
instruments. It has over 2000 years of history. The earliest
Guzheng	only	had	five	strings,	but	now	has	expanded	to	
21-25 strings. Technically, the Guzheng can be tuned to
any desired scale because the pitch of a given string is
determined by the position of the bridge. The traditional
pentatonic scale is used.

The urheen, also known as the Chinese violin, is a two
string bowed musical instrument. It originated from an
ethnic minority group ranging from central Asia to the
North of China 1,000 years ago. Different from the sound
produced by the vibration of the strings of other
instruments, the urheen produces the sound by the vibration
of the python skin that covers the sound box. It plays an
important role in the Chinese mainstream and popular

The suona is a Chinese shawm or oboe, similar to the
European oboe. It was developed from a Central Asian
instrument and became very popular in the late 16th century.
Because of its high-pitched timbre and very expressive
sound, the suona usually is played for weddings, funerals,
and other celebrative occasions by the people of northern
China. It produces a very special sound, one imitating the
singing of hundreds of birds.
               The	dizi	is	the	Chinese	transverse	flute.	It	normally	has	
               six	finger	holes	covered	up	with	various	membranes	to	
               make different sound. It mainly is made from the bamboo.
               The history of the evolution of the dizi started in Neolithic
               times and now is some 8,000 years old. It is one of the most
               popular Chinese instruments. The Dizi has adjustable and
               nonadjustable types. The nonadjustable Dizi has better tone
               quality than the adjustable one because the whole Dizi vibrates
               when played. However, since temperature has a strong impact
               on the pitch, musicians usually have two sets of Dizi, one
               played in summer with a lower pitch and one played in winter
               with a higher pitch.

       Professor Lampo Lenong’s Art Exhibition
Influenced	by	the	ancient	Chinese	calligraphy	wild	cursive,	
Dr. Leong’s brushwork is expressive, energetic, and
compelling.		In	his	latest	series,	Contemplation	•	Forces,	he	
has created a postmodern visual language that incorporates
the rhythm of Chinese calligraphy with an approach to
color reminiscent of the symphonic effects achieved by
Abstract Expressionism. Departing from its literal meaning
and	set	against	meditative	hues	or	fiery	colors,	calligraphy	
is shattered and layered to generate depth and dynamic tension. Energies shift
and explode to create serenity in an electric manner. Light emanates from
darkness,	symbolizing	spiritual	rebirth.	Reflecting	a	reverence	for	both	the	spirit	
of Daoism and the Sublime, Leong’s work celebrates the dynamic energies that
give birth to new life, new planets, and new stars.

Dr. Leong is an internationally acclaimed artist who is currently a Professor
of Art at the University of Missouri and a visiting professor at the Guangzhou
Academy of Fine Arts. He has served as judge for 28 art competitions and
presented over 125 lectures across the U.S. and Asia in universities, such as
the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University. His work has
been featured worldwide in over 60 solo and 320 group exhibitions, receiving
47 awards, including a Gold Medal at the Creative Quarterly international
art competition in New York. His achievements have been featured in more
than 900 reviews and publications internationally, and, in 1999, San Francisco
Mayor proclaimed November 19th to be Lampo Leong Day. His works are
found among 15 museums and hundreds corporate and private collections
worldwide, including The Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University,
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as a 26-foot-diameter granite inset
calligraphic medallion in a San Francisco city park.
Chancellor Brady J. Deaton became the 21st chief executive
officer	of	the	University	of	Missouri	(MU)	on	Oct.	4,	2004.	He	
joined MU as professor and chair in the Agricultural
Economics Department and as Social Science Unit leader in
1989. With many years of service to MU and experience in
public higher education, Dr. Deaton brings an international
perspective, a record of national leadership, and a strong
devotion to Mizzou to his position.

Dr. Deaton received a BS in agricultural economics in 1966 and an MA in diplomacy
and international commerce in 1968 from the University of Kentucky. He earned
another master’s degree in 1970 and a doctorate in 1972 in agricultural economics
from the University of Winsonsin. Dr. Deaton was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nan,
Thailand from 1962 to 1964, where he taught vocational agriculture in the Thai
language. Before he came to MU, Dr. Deaton spent 12 years at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Deaton holds leadership roles in many university, community and national
organizations. He served as chair of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association
of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), participates in advisory roles
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and maintains active membership in the
American and International Agricultural Economics Associations.

Dr. Deaton has been awarded the Outstanding Commitment to Multiculturalism and
Diversity	certificate	by	the	Association	of	Black	Graduate	and	Professional	Students.	
He was honored as an invited lecturer at the Japan International Agricultural Council
and recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta with an Award of Merit for Outstanding
Administrator. He has received the Malone Award from National Association of
State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) for furthering international
education in public higher education. In 2009 he received an honorary degree from
Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand.

Brian	Foster	joined	MU	as	the	Chief	Academic	Officer	in	
August of 2005. Prior to that, he served as Provost at the
University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His previous
academic appointments include Dean of Arts and Sciences at
the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Graduate Dean at
Arizona State University, where he also served as Professor and
Chair of the Department of Anthropology.

The	first	in	his	family	to	pursue	a	college	education,	Dr.	Foster		
began his studies at Northern Illinois University where he earned his degree in
History. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University
of Michigan. His studies and research focused on the social anthropology of
Southeast	Asian	cultures,	primarily	Thailand.	He	is	fluent	in	Thai	and	German.	

Dr. Foster has served as President of the Western Association of Graduate Schools,
member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools, Chair of
the GRE Board, member of the TOEFL Policy Council, and a member of the
Executive Committees of two NASULGC Councils: the Council of Research
and Graduate Education and the Council on Academic Affairs. He was Chair of
the Executive Committee of the Council on Academic Affairs, NASULGC, and
currently serves as an ad hoc member of that committee.

                    Dr. Handy Williamson, Jr. is Vice Provost for International
                    Programs at the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia,
                    Missouri and holds tenure as a professor on the agricultural
                    economics faculty at MU. In this role he oversees MU’s
                    international activities on campus, in the U.S. and around the
                    world. MU has international students from 109 countries;
                    alums in 116 countries; study abroad in 107 locations and
                    international collaborations on six continents.

Dr. Williamson is the President of the Association of International Agricultural &
Rural Development (AIARD). He serves on boards of the National Consortium for
Continuous Improvement, the Association of International Education
Administrators, Higher Education for Development and the Edgar Snow Memorial
Lecture Series at Peking University. In addition, he serves on the Executive
Committee of the National Association of Public Land Grant University’s
(A.P.L.U.) Commission on International Programs and is a longstanding member
of the Collaborative Research Support Program (Peanut CRSP) external advisory

Dr. Williamson has served as a Department Head and faculty member of
agricultural economics and rural sociology at the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville. He was a deputy director of science and technology/research and
university relations (S&T/RUR) with the Agency for International Development
in Washington, DC. Dr. Williamson has served on the White House Committee on
Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the years, he has provided tes-
timonies pertaining to U.S. universities before sub-committees of the U.S. House
and Senate. He has been an administrator and faculty member at Tennessee State
University at Nashville; and Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. He has
conducted extensive research in economic development, agricultural policy and
international issues. He continues to serve on university program study teams and
as a consultant on projects and review teams in Africa, the Caribbean, the Far East,
Europe and the United States. He has travelled and consulted extensively around the
world. Recently, his travels have been throughout China, South Korea, India, and

He is a Fellow of the American Council on Education and a Fellow of the Harvard
University Institute for Education Management. Williamson received his Ph.D. and
M.S. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri; M.S. in
Agricultural Education from Tennessee State University; B.S. in Agriculture from
Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi; and AA in Liberal Arts from Piney
Woods School in Mississippi.

Dr. Wen OuYang was born and grew up in Shanghai, China.
She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy
Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2006. She
currently works as a specialist for internationalization,
communication,	translation,	and	research	in	the	Office	of	the	
Vice Provost for International Programs. Her educational
background also includes a B.A. in Chinese Language and
Literature and an M.A. in Eastern-Western Comparative Lit-
erature from Shanghai Normal University, China, and an Ed.S.
in Educational Administration/Higher Education from the University of Central

Upon her graduation, Dr. OuYang taught Chinese as a second language and
Chinese literature in China and abroad for over 10 years. Students came from
Japan, Thailand, France, Finland, Australia, Canada, and the U.S., including K-12
and college students, scholars, professionals, and businessmen. This international
teaching background equipped Dr. OuYang with rich cross-cultural teaching
experiences, which allows her to design practical curricula and to develop effective
teaching methods for people from different cultural, academic, and organizational
backgrounds. She wrote an online Chinese curriculum for the U.S. and Columbia
high school students in 2009. Besides her teaching, Dr. Ouyang did many
administrative works, such as organizing cultural exchange activities, recruiting
international faculty and students, developing study abroad programs, and building
collaborative research projects before coming to the U.S. She also was invited to
give presentations introducing Chinese culture, history, and education at different
forums, seminars, and conferences.

Dr. OuYang has served as a translator during the cultural exchange programs
between China and the U.S. She has been a positive facilitator and practitioner of
teaching Chinese as a second language in the U.S. She contributes her knowledge,
skills, and wisdom to the cultural exchange events and programs between China
and the U.S., while teaching Chinese language and culture.

                     Dr. Bob McDavid is a native of DeSoto, Missouri. He came
                     to Columbia in 1966 as a college student. After graduating
                     from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1972,
                     he did a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University
                     Health Care. After completing his residency training in 1976,
                     Dr. McDavid began a 27 year medical career, practicing
                     obstetrics and gynecology at Boone Hospital Center. He
                     co-founded Women’s Health Associates and delivered over
                     5,000 babies during his career.

Bob McDavid has volunteered with the United Way and Ronald McDonald
House charities. He has served as a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and
gynecology at University Health Care, and consults with the Missouri State Board
of Healing Arts. Dr. McDavid was elected to the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees
in 1998. He served as Chair of the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees and as a
member of the BJC Healthcare Board of Directors. He was elected Mayor of the
City of Columbia in April, 2010.

                     President Jin Li became the president of Shanghai Normal
                     University (SHNU), China in 2006 and is also a professor
                     of Philosophy. His education includes a B.A. degree
                     from Beijing Normal University 1982 and an M.A. from
                     SHNU in 1988. Upon graduation, he taught Philosophy at
                     SHNU for six years. His research focuses on philosophical
                     epistemology and educational administration. Jin Li has
                     authored many papers, articles, chapters of books, and books.
                     He was in charge of over twenty projects assigned by the
Chinese Ministry of Education, the Shanghai Municipal Government, and the
Shanghai Educational Commission. Due to his outstanding achievements, Jin Li
has received many awards from different organizations and institutions.

President	Jin	Li	was	the	deputy	director	of	the	Office	of	Teaching	Affairs	at	the	
Shanghai	Higher	Education	Bureau	and	the	vice	director	of	the	Office	of	Higher	
Education at the Shanghai Educational Commission. He also served as president of
Eastern-Shanghai Vocational College and president of Shanghai No. 2 Industrial
Jianfei Lu became the vice president of Shanghai Normal
University (SHNU), China in 2003 and a professor of
English Language and Literature. He received his master’s
degree in teaching English as Second Language from New
York University, U.S.A. in 1990 and was a guest professor
teaching Chinese Language and Literature at New York
University from 1988-1991. Jianfei Lu’s research focuses
on modern English grammar and cross-cultural study. He
has published over 50 papers, 9 books, and 100 essays
and articles. Jianfei Lu developed many international projects between SHNU
and universities in Europe and America since he became the Vice President for
International Programs.

At SHNU, Jianfei Lu was a vice dean of the College of Foreign Language,
dean of the College of Education, and the assistant to the president. Besides his
on-campus administrative work, he has had a leadership role in many academic
associations and organizations. Jianfei Lu has received several awards, such as
“Excellent Youth Teacher Awards” from the Shanghai University Association,
“Excellent Educator Awards” from the Shanghai Municipal Government, and
“Outstanding Academic Researcher” from SHNU.

Dr.	Yunfeng	He	is	the	director	of	the	Office	for	Public	
Communication Affairs at Shanghai Normal University
(SHNU), China and a professor of Educational
Psychology. His research areas cover philosophy, public
administration, city management, leadership psychology,
and social administration. Dr. He’s publications include
over 100 papers, 3 books, and 10 co-authored books.
He has two Ph.D. degrees, one is in Philosophy from
Fudan University in 1999 and the other is in Educational
Psychology from Hong Kong University in 2006. Dr. He’s education also
includes a B.A. in law from Southwest University in 1984 and an M.A. in
philosophy from SHNU in 1987. He was a visiting scholar at Ramapo College in
New Jersey from 1996-1997.

Dr. He was the vice-dean of the College of Law & Business, deputy editor of
SHNU Journals, and the vice-director of Public Communication Affairs. Awards
received since the 1990’s include “Excellent Young Teacher Award” from SHNU,
“Excellent Young Teacher Awards” from Shanghai Higher Education Bureau, and
the recipient of “Outstanding Young Teacher Grants” from the Chinese Ministry
of Education.
                     Dr.	Yimin	Bai	is	the	director	of	the	Office	for	International	
                     Exchange and an associate professor of Education at
                     Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), China. Dr. Bai was
                     a visiting scholar at the Teacher’s College at Columbia
                     University in 2006 and at the University of Wisconsin-
                     Madison in 2007. His research and publications focus on
                     teacher education and comparative education. Dr. Bai was
                     a	vice	director	of	the	Office	for	Human	Resource	at	SHNU	
                     in 2008. He earned a B.A. in Education from East-China
Normal University in 1986, an M.A. from Tianjin University in 1993, and a Ph.D.
degree from East-China Normal University in 2000.

                       Zhenghai	Wang	works	in	the	Office	for	Public	
                       Communication Affairs at Shanghai Normal University
                       (SHNU), China. He received a B.A. from East-China
                       Normal University in 2000 and an M.A. from SHNU
                       in 2003. His major is Chinese Language and Literature.
                       Zhenghai Wang currently is a part-time Ph.D. student at
                       SHNU.	He	holds	an	advanced	certificate	for	Teaching	
                       Chinese as a Second Language.

Since there is a growing demand around the world to learn Chinese, the Chinese
National	Office	of	Teaching	Chinese	as	Second	Language	has	recruited	volunteers	
to teach Chinese in higher institutions and K-12 school systems in different
countries. Zhenghai Wang submitted applications and became a volunteer Chinese
teacher. In 2003, he was assigned to Laos to teach Chinese in a suburb for six
months. In 2007, Zhenghai Wang was selected to be in a group of volunteer
Chinese teachers who came to the U.S. He was assigned to teach Chinese and
developed a Chinese language and culture teaching and learning program in
Alberta, Alabama, a town of 500 people. During his working at Saint Benedict
School as a Chinese program coordinator, Mr. Wang organized many activities and
events for the local community as well from 2007-2009.

Zheng Hai Wang’s hard work, professional knowledge, and achievement gained
his recognition from the Gulf Coast community and praise from the governor of
Alabama. His work was reported by NBC Nightly News. Zhenghai Wang was also
the recipient of Shanghai Excellent Volunteer Teacher Awards. He is the member of
China Support Group (CSG).
Ye Jin is an assistant professor in the College of Music at
Shanghai Normal University and a director of the Chinese
Folk Music Band. She teaches Pipa and Guzheng, which are
two Chinese musical instruments. The “Pipa” is a four string
lute with a pear-shaped body or called the Chinese guitar. The
“Guzheng” belongs to the zither family of string instruments
and sometimes it is called the Chinese zither. Ye Jin graduated
from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and received her B.A.
in Chinese Folk Music in 2001.

Invited by the Consulate General of Egypt in Shanghai, Jin Ye conducted the Folk
Music Band in a performance in Cairo, Egypt in 2002. Her Folk Music Band also
gave a performance in Paris for the celebration of the Sino-France Friendship Year
in 2004 and also attended the arts festival activities in White Russia and Finland in
2007. The University of Indianapolis invited Ye Jin’s Band to give a performance in
a concert of “The Yellow Mountain” in 2008.

Yang Liu is an assistant professor in the College of Music
at Shanghai Normal University and a member of the Folk
Music	Band.	He	teaches	bamboo	flute.	Students	really	enjoy	
his	teaching.	The	“bamboo	flute”	is	a	Chinese	transverse	
flute.	Yang	Liu	went	to	Japan	and	played	the	bamboo	flute	at	
the East-Asia International Art Festival in 1997. He received
his master and bachelor degrees in Chinese Folk Music from
Shanghai Conservatory of Music respectively in 2009 and
2001. Yang Liu learned to play the piano at the age of three;
he	started	playing	the	bamboo	flute	at	eight.

Jun Shan is a junior in the College of Music at Shanghai
Normal University. His major is Suona performance.
The “Suona” is a Chinese shawm or oboe, similar to the
European oboe. Jun Shan started playing Suona when he
was only seven years old. His teachers are nationally famous
Suona performers. Shan Jun has performed with many
orchestras in many different countries. He received second
prize of the Shanghai Art Talents Awards and the silver prize
of the National Art Talents Awards in 2007.
                       Shiwei Huang is a junior in the College of Music at
                       Shanghai Normal University. Her major is Guzheng
                       performance. The “Guzheng” belongs to the zither family
                       of string instruments and sometimes it is called the Chinese
                       zither. Shiwei Huang started playing Guzheng when she
                       was ten years old and has extensive performing experience.
                       She has won many prizes during different competitions,
                       such	as	first	prize	at	the	Guzheng	performance	competition	
                       in Juangsu Province and National Top Ten Performers
Awards of the Guzheng Performance. Shiwei Huang participated in the Folk
Musical Instrument Competition organized by the Chinese Central TV Station.
She also performed at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Expo 2010.

                       Yichu Zhu is a sophomore in the College of Music at
                       Shanghai Normal University. Her major is Urheen perfor-
                       mance. The “Urheen” is known as the “Chinese violin”
                       with a two-stringed bowed musical instrument. Yichu Zhu
                       performed in different activities and acquired rich per-
                       forming experience. She has won many prizes in national
                       Urheen performance competitions. She started playing
                       Urheen when she was eight years old.
                          From Dean Mills
                      Dean, School of Journalism

On behalf of the School of Journalism, it is my pleasure
to welcome each of you to the inaugural ceremony for the
Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri, a center
for learning, scholarship, and business development
in partnership with Shanghai Normal University.
As a key component of MU’s core commitment to
internationalization, the Confucius Institute will bring
the citizenry of the United States and China together in
numerous ways. MU at large and Missouri generally will
benefit through increased knowledge of Chinese culture
and language, new business opportunities, and educational exchanges.

The School of Journalism at MU also shares an international vision for
scholarship and learning, and recognizes the value of a global perspective. In
recent years, faculty and student scholars in the School of Journalism have
investigated global views toward advertising, reported on key international
sporting events, such as the 2009 China Open tennis tournament, and published
in international news outlets. In the School of Journalism, we feel strongly that an
international viewpoint is critical to educating our next generation of scholars and
journalists. The Confucius Institute will further these efforts.

Indeed, it is with pleasure that we all witness the opening of the Confucius
Institute. The Institute represents our continued appreciation for the global
community and particularly our friends in China at Shanghai Normal University.
We all look forward to continued relationships with our educational partners in
future years. Please join us in welcoming and celebrating the new Confucius
Institute at MU.


Dean Mills
Dean, Missouri School of Journalism
University of Missouri
                       From James Thompson
                   Dean, College of the Engineering

                       Given the impact of globalization on the world economy,
                       engineers today routinely are presented with the
                       opportunity to work cross-culturally. Recognizing the need
                       for “global engineers of the XXI century,” the University of
                       Missouri College of Engineering actively seeks to expand
                       its reach at the international level, and fosters
                       collaboration with academic institutions and organizations
                       around the world.

                        MU Engineering’s first and fastest growing interaction
is our China program. To date, over 10 memorandums of understanding have
been negotiated with Chinese universities and several more are anticipated. It is
estimated that the College of Engineering will reach a total enrollment of about
100 students from China in Fall 2011. In addition, there will be joint student
activities between domestic students in the College and students in China. For
example, in the summer of 2011, a group of domestic students from the College
will visit Shanghai to conduct a joint research project with students in Shanghai

The intent of these collaborations is to attract outstanding international students
to the College and support their integration into the College’s academic, social
and cultural environment, thereby increasing internationalization and diversity of
academic, research and cultural experiences for all engineering students.

Our goal is to develop and maintain these long-term, mutually beneficial
relationships with excellent partner institutions. Thus, we hope to raise the
visibility and reputation for the College and the university as a whole, and to
produce engineering graduates with a diverse international, social, and
academic experience.

Opening the Confucius Institute on the MU campus is compatible with our
efforts to promote U.S.- China connections in education, research, and business
development. We welcome the addition of this valuable resource to the
international dimension of the MU mission and experience.

James Thompson
Dean, College of the Engineering
University of Missouri
                  From Thomas Payne
                     Vice Chancellor
Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

It is a pleasure to welcome the Confucius Institute to
the University of Missouri. The College of Agriculture,
Food and Natural Resources has a strong relation-
ship with academic interests in China. The Confucius
Institute will provide a platform upon which to enrich
and extend these relationships. We look forward to the
collaboration and cross-cultural experiences that are
sure to be a natural outgrowth of having the Confucius
Institute on our campus.

Thanks much and good luck with the event!

Thomas Payne
Vice Chancellor
Dean, Colloge of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri

                          From Joan Gabel
                       Dean, School of Busines
It is our honor and pleasure to welcome the Confucius
Institute to Mizzou. Students and faculty in the Robert
J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business have had a long
relationship with China and Chinese enterprises for
study abroad, internship and collaborative research
purposes. The Confucius Institute gives us a unique
opportunity to expand these relationships in a
substantive way for our students travelling abroad and
for those here at home. Now, we will be able to provide
context to our business education with Chinese faculty
who offer expertise in language, culture, the arts and
other areas that enable a deeper foundation on which to build. On behalf
of our students and the campus as a whole, it is our goal to work actively to
provide momentum for the Confucius Institute’s mission.

Joan Gabel
Dean, School of Business
University of Missouri
                   From Michael J. O’Brien
                Dean, College of Arts and Science
                       On behalf of the College of Arts and Science, it is
                       my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the opening
                       ceremony for the Confucius Institute at the University of
                       Missouri. It is unique that we have the opportunity as a
                       community to share in a celebratory event: this one is
                       particularly notable. The new Confucius Institute will
                       bring much to MU: increased opportunities for research
                       and educational collaboration, higher numbers of
                       scholars and students from China, and deepened
                       knowledge of Chinese language, history, and culture.
Our institutional partners at Shanghai Normal University have given MU and
mid-Missouri generally a new opportunity to truly become globally-minded

Faculty, scholars, and students in the College of Arts and Science at MU have
been involved in numerous international initiatives that are a key piece of
MU’s global perspective. We are pleased that our students have conducted
research in Africa and taken courses on indigenous religions, and that
increasing numbers of foreign students from China and numerous other
nations regularly choose to study at MU. We hope to see more international
visitors, especially from China, in our classrooms and actively involved with
the new Confucius Institute.

Please join us in celebrating a premier Institute for Chinese language, culture,
and history. We look forward to larger numbers of international students in the
coming years and to increased educational collaboration as we prepare MU,
mid-Missouri, and the Mid-West for the global marketplace.


Michael J. O’Brien
Dean, College of Arts & Science
                From Superintendent Chris Belcher
                    Columbia Public Schools
Columbia Public Schools’ vision is to be the best school
district in the state and its mission is to provide an
excellent education for all students. As part of the vision
and mission, the district has identified the importance
of developing learning opportunities to prepare all
students for citizenship, careers, and college, as well
as supporting the development of partnerships between
schools, parents, and the entire Columbia community.
The Confucius Institute’s presence at the University of
Missouri will provide educational benefits for our
students that will help the school district accomplish its vision and mission.

To date, the district has been able to include some Chinese cultural immersion
programs and provide some access to learning the Chinese language.
However, the Confucius Institute will enable the school district to further open
the doors to learning the Chinese language, culture and history. This is an
opportunity that would most likely not be possible without such a partnership.

Columbia Public Schools looks forward to the future collaboration, teaching
and learning that will come from the partnership with the Confucius Institute.


Chris Belcher
Superintendent in Columbia Schools
Courses, programs, events, and services from the MU
Confucius Institute will be included *:
Chinese language Courses
•		Basic	Chinese	I
•		Basic	Chinese	II
•		Conversational	Mandarin	for	Beginners
•		Kid	Chinese
•		Business/Professional	Chinese	
•		Tourism	Chinese

Chinese Cultural Courses
•		A	Glimpse	of	China
•		Traditional	Chinese	Painting
•		Chinese	Calligraphy
•		Chinese	Paper	Cutting
•		Chinese	Taiji	Fitness
•		Chinese	Music,	Dance,	and	Musical	Instrument

•		Chinese	Language	Teacher	Training
•		Training	on	Teaching	the	AP	Chinese	Language	&	Culture	Course
•		Preparation	for	HSK	Language	Exam	(Chinese	Language	Proficiency	Test)
•		Cultural	Exchange
•		Chinese	Summer	Camp	for	Students/Teachers
•		Basic	Chinese	Cultural	Training
•		Chinese	Cultural	Salon

•		Chinese	Culture	Week
•		Lectures	on	Chinese	Culture,	History,	Philosophy,	Literature,	and	Business
•		Traditional	Chinese	Festival	Celebration
•		Chinese	Culture	and	Arts	Performance
•		Workshop	on	Teaching	Chinese	as	a	Second	Language
•		Workshop	on	Cross-Cultural	Business	Communication	with	Chinese	Partners

•		Teaching	Chinese	Language	&	Culture	to	both	K-12	and	university	students
•		Translation
•		Consultancy	on	Missouri-China	Business
•		Custom	Programming	

* Beginning Summer 2011
                                   Chinese minority dance on the
                                   International Fashion Show

The 7th grade students in Gentry
Middle School learning Chinese

                                   The 6th grade students in Lange
                                   Middle School in Columbia
                                   learning how to use chopsticks
                                   during the Chinese Culture Week.
                           MU Confucius Institute
   A Bridge of Cultural Understanding and Expanding Business

Above: The MU Wind Ensemble
performed on a courtyard Stage in the
villiage of Luodai, Sichuan Province,
China in April 2010.

Right: MU Vice Provost Handy
Williamson and Vice President Chaoli
Gou planted a friendship tree during his
visit to Chongqing Technology and
Business University.

                                           Contact Information
                           Office	of	the	Vice	Provost	for	International	Programs
                                               211 Jesse Hall
                                           Columbia, MO 65211
                                        Telephone: (573)-882-9061
                                            Fax: (573) 884-5681

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