Old Dominion University in partnership with the Minzu University of China held the opening celebration for ODU’s new Confucius Institute at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on April 19, 2013.
Old Dominion University is one of only 70 American universities to be a designated Confucius Institute. The new institute will act as a local hub with the main objective of bridging the gap between the two allied countries through joint educational programs that focus on language, learning, and teaching. The programs will be emphasized in the communities surrounding Old Dominion University.
“We have the capacity to bring the distance of the Chinese and American people closer,” said Old Dominion’s President Broderick. “The greater will be our common ground and understanding.”
The celebration opened with the world premier of Fantasy on Chinese Melodies by Old Dominion’s Dr. Adolphus Hailstork who created the instrumental piece specifically for the opening of the Confucius Institute.
Students from the Minzu University of China performed several themed folk dances and other students from the Capital University of Physical Education and Sports in Beijing gave a martial arts performance.
“I have had this position for 20 months,” said Professor Fang Maotian, Minister Counselor of the Office of Educational Affairs Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States. “Out of all the institutes I have seen, Old Dominion’s is most impressive.”
By: Josh Bray