EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/13 -- Today, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) hosted an event celebrating both its 5th anniversary and the renewal of the agreement between its supporting partners-the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) and the Education Department of Shandong Province, China. Through the tenets of this agreement, the CIE works to promote and develop Chinese language education as well as cultural and business exchange with the People's Republic of China. Numerous governmental officials and other dignitaries attended this event, including: Mayor Stephen Mandel; the Honourable Teresa Woo Paw, Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Affairs; the Honourable David Xiao, MLA for Edmonton McClung; Mr. Edgar Schmidt, Superintendent of Schools at EPSB and President of the CIE; Mr. Qingxu Meng, Deputy Minister of Shandong Education as well as Dr. Brian Evans, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, former Canadian diplomat in Beijing, renowned author and one of Canada's most respected scholars on Canada-China relations and Chinese history.
"This is truly a momentous occasion for us," said Stuart Wachowicz, Chair, Advisory Board and Board of Directors, CIE. "Not only are we marking five years since officially opening our doors in this great city but we are also commemorating the re-signing of an agreement that was originally based on EPSB's long and successful history of providing high quality Chinese language education programming. As a result, we have been able to offer a broad range of cultural and language courses to many individuals as well as community agencies, schools and post-secondary institutions across the region."
In addition, CIE launched a new pilot project designed to re-brand the CIE for the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, which oversees Confucius Institutes worldwide through its affiliation with the Office of Chinese Language Council International ("Hanban"). This project is intended to assist the public, business sector and other organizations in gaining a better understanding of not only the CIE's role and mandate but also the Chinese language and culture, while helping to foster greater connections with China. Should this brand strategy project prove successful, it will be implemented in other Confucius Institutes throughout the world.
The Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE) 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.
Confucius Institute in Edmonton (CIE)
Chair, Advisory Board and Board of Directors
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