Confucius Institute to host educational trip to China

November 11, 2015
Mei Reeder

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and its Chinese partner, South-Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China, are co-sponsoring a two-week educational trip to China for Wisconsin educators from June 11-24, 2016. The trip will be hosted by UW-Platteville’s Confucius Institute.

The trip is open to Wisconsin educators, including K-16 district administrators, institutional leaders and K-12 teachers. The aim of the trip is to help education decision-makers start or expand their Chinese language and culture programs.

“This delegate trip will help educators renovate how they teach in their classrooms and provide administrators or educational leaders with information to better their school policies back home,” said Mei Reeder, director of the Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville. “The visits to the schools might lead to possible collaboration, such as a student exchange program.”

“Visiting different levels of schools and establishing friendships with those working in Chinese schools will give educators more channels and resources to support their language and culture programs,” said Kathy Zhang, one of the professors from the partner university who will be leading the trip.

While in China, Wisconsin educators will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit Chinese K-16 schools and universities, meet with Chinese educators and observe classes
  • Learn about resources that will help build and support Chinese language and culture programs
  • Establish partnerships and cultural exchange programs with Chinese schools
  • Experience China’s traditional culture as well as modern development
  • Visit historic Chinese landmarks, including the Great Wall, Olympic Park and Forbidden City in Beijing; Guanggu Square, Yellow Crane Tower and Hubei Museum in Wuhan; the ancient Jingzhou city in Hubei Province and more.

The travel in China will be free, including transportation, accommodations, meals, visits to historic places of interest, lectures and visits to schools. Participants will be responsible for the round trip, international airfare and U.S. domestic travel, international travel insurance, U.S. passport and China visa application fees and personal expenses.

Those interested in applying for the trip or more information should send an email to confucius@uwplatt.edu or zhangk@uwplatt.edu or call Emily Ballweg at 608-342-1310 or Kathy Zhang at 608-342-1256 by March 31, 2016.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The educational trip to China aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-states.


Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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