Confucius Institute in Edmonton

Confucius Institute in Edmonton

December 09, 2013 09:00 ET

Edmonton Organization Honoured With International Award in Beijing

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 9, 2013) -

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The Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) has been recognized by China as Confucius Institute of the Year, the second time CIE has received this distinction in the past three years. The CIE, one of 430 Confucius Institutes worldwide, was honoured in a ceremony in Beijing this past weekend. The Confucius Institute in Edmonton was for its innovation and achievements in in promoting the learning of Chinese language and Chinese culture. The award was presented by Vice Premier of China, Madame Liu Yandong and received by CIE Director Dr. Wei Li and Assistant Superintendent Diana Bolan, representing the host organization, Edmonton Public Schools.

"To receive this award for the second time is a testament to hard work of our staff in building an internationally-recognized Institute," said Stuart Wachowicz, Chairman of Board of Directors & Advisory Board of the CIE. "We have worked with thousands of students to help grow the learning of Chinese culture and language, and the diversity of our program continues to expand each year."

Confucius Institutes are partnerships between a foreign host and an agency of the Government of China for the purpose of developing Chinese language skills, knowledge of Chinese culture and the building of economic, cultural and educational linkages between their region and China.

CIE was recognized for its community support and extensive educational services to the public by offering courses in language and cultural topics. It continues to be the largest Chinese Language Credentialing Centre in North America, giving more than 1,200 assessments per year. In addition, it is also the largest provider of Professional Development for teachers in Chinese in Alberta.

"We're extremely proud of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton" said Michael Donovan, Managing Director of ZGM Collaborative Marketing in Edmonton. "We created a new brand and advertising program for them over a year ago when they first became a client, and since then we've seen so many great things happen. We're very happy for CIE. It's well deserved."

The CIE supports 14 Edmonton Public School Board classrooms that teach Chinese Bilingual programs, which support 3,000 students learning Chinese, 200 of which are in the world famous Chinese Bilingual program. Support is also provided to schools and institutions throughout the province upon agreement with the CIE. Edmonton Public Schools serves as the foreign host with the Education Department of Shandong Province being the foreign partner. Also growing is direct support to Alberta's business community.

About CIE

The Confucius Institute in Edmonton is a non-profit society that operates in partnership with its host, EPSB and the provincial education system of Shandong, China. Formally opened in May 2008 through an agreement between the Office of Chinese Language Council International (known as "Hanban") and EPSB, the CIE is part of a global network of over 400 Confucius Institutes fostering educational, cultural and economic linkages between China and the regions in which they operate. For more information, visit www.confuciusedmonton.ca.

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