The Confucius Institute (CI) at Portland State University was awarded “CI of the Year” at the 8th Confucius Institute Conference held in Beijing on Dec. 7 and 8. Six other Confucius Institutes out of a total of 97 in the United States also received the award.
The Confucius Institute at PSU (CIPSU) promotes educational exchange and cooperation between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China. The China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (HanBan) and PSU’s Office of International Affairs jointly established the Confucius Institute as a non-degree granting entity in 2007.
The worldwide organization has 440 Confucius Institutes and 646 Confucius classes in 120 countries. The total number of students this year is 850,000 – a 30 percent increase over 2012.
In the United States, the Confucius Institute at PSU has a reputation as being one of the most active. Since its founding, it has hosted hundreds of seminars and forums, and has been an influential force in promoting the instruction of Chinese language in Oregon schools.
“We won because of the scale, level, significance and influence of the events CIPSU organized and hosted in 2013 and also because CIPSU has been vigorously promoting Chinese language and culture in Oregon,” said CIPSU Director Meiru Liu.
Photo above: Meiru Liu receives the award from Mme. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of State Council of China, who is also the top female Chinese leader, a member of CCP's Political Bureau, also known as "China's Hilary Clinton." She visited Oregon and PSU in 2011, the highest Chinese government leader ever to visit the state.