WKU Collaboration through a Whole New Lens – Part #1.2

Second, earlier in the day of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, more things were at play.  At 9:30am, the WKU delegation led by President Randell, Dr. Wei-Ping Pan (Assistant to the President and director of the Confucius Institute), Dr. David Lee (dean of Potter College), Ms. Betty Yu (associate director of Educational Outreach for the Confucius Institute), Mr. Terrill Martin (associate director of Business Development for the Confucius Institute), and Mr. Bryan Lemon (assistant university photographer).  This was to discuss and move forward with support from Hanban/Confucius Institute to discuss the approval of 2 newly approved Confucius Classrooms, final approval of the 1 + 2 program with WKU’s College of Education and Beijing Language and Culture University, approval of support for the Western iMedia project, and approval of support for three positions to continue the growth of the Chinese language programs with the Department of Modern Languages, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and the Confucius Institute at WKU.  These positions will allow an anchor for these departments for growth in the Chinese language and culture.  Later that evening at 3:30, the 3rd annual Confucius Institute at WKU Executive Board Meeting took place.  While President Liu Jizhen of NCEPU was not in attendance, Mr. Zhigong Wu (Party Secretary) took his place, and never missed a beat.  This meeting lead to further developments and support for a newly developed Chinese Business Management, “Experience Global Business Practices,” through a partnership between the Gordon Ford College of Business’, Executive in Residence, Mr. George Rasmussen, and Mr. Terrill Martin of the Confucius Institute at WKU.  NECPU will be the official sponsor for this study abroad initiative, in which the site visits will take place between May 27, 2013 – June 6, 2013, in which four Kentucky based companies are participating (DD Williamson (Shanghai) Ltd., Source International, Houghton International, and Zoeller Taiwan Co. Ltd.), which have facilitates located in Shanghai, Xiamen, China, and one in New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Left to Right (Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, Mr. Wang, President Ransdell, and Madame Xu Lin). Photo by Bryan Lemon
Left to Right (Dr. Wei-Ping Pan, Mr. Wang, President Ransdell, and Madame Xu Lin).
Photo by Bryan Lemon
Chairman, the University Council (NCEPU) Dr. Zhigong Wu, and President Ransdell shake hands after a successful meeting. Photo by Bryan Lemon
Chairman, the University Council (NCEPU) Dr. Zhigong Wu, and President Ransdell shake hands after a successful meeting.
Photo by Bryan Lemon

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