On May 7, Counselor Qin Juhua, director of the education office at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, and two other officials visited the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University for meetings and to host training sessions.
On May 8, the delegation met with the WMU provost, Dr. Timothy Greene. They exchanged opinions on various topics and discussed the possibilities for cooperation.
Juhua, Bingjun Jun (Vice Consul) and Ye Yang (Vice Consul) first met with Dr. Schlör, associate provost of WMU’s Haenicke Institute for Global Education and director of the CI at WMU, and Dr. Haito Yu, associate director of the CI at WMU. They exchanged views on the development of the CI at WMU and its cooperation with various offices at Hanban and Beijing Language and Culture University in China. The visitors toured WMU’s main and Parkview campuses and met with students from China who are currently enrolled at WMU.
The guests also met with six of the CI at WMU’s volunteer teachers who are currently working in Kalamazoo. Counselor Qin provided tips to the volunteer teachers about adapting to working and living in America and was pleased to hear from them that the CI at WMU had provided much support to help them adapt. She also commended the teachers for having the courage and ambition to work abroad and reminded them to contact the consulate any time for more information and assistance. Per Chinese tradition, the Consulate officers and the CI at WMU volunteer teachers exchanged gifts and good wishes.