UT Dallas Confucius Institute Celebrates First Confucius Institute Day

October 2, 2014

A large variety of activities are held by Confucius Institutes throughout the world on September 27, 2014 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Confucius Institute. In the meantime, The University of Texas at Dallas also holds a grand celebration for the 7th anniversary of the Confucius Institute of UT Dallas. Opening at 9 a.m. with a Chinese open class and concluding at 10 p.m. with a Chinese folk music concert, the one-day celebration draws hundreds of UTD students, professors as well as local citizens with its traditional Chinese cultural elements.

As a keynote part of the celebration, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Confucius Institute Day is held in Clark Center at 2 p.m.. Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, Executive Vice President and Provost of UT Dallas, Dr. Bruce E. Gnade, Vice President, and Dr. Dennis Kratz, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities attend the ceremony along with Mr. Yumin Zhao, Deputy Consul General the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, Mr. James Huang, President of US-China Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, as well as Mr. David Gu, leader of overseas Chinese community in Dallas. Both Provost Wildenthal and Deputy Consul General Zhao congratulate on the Confucius Institute Day and highly praise the contribution of Confucius Institute, and UTD Confucius Institute in particular, to the promotion of exchanges in education, culture and scientific researches between peoples of the two countries. Dr. Mingdong Gu, Director of the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas, extends his thanks to all those who have given their support to the Confucius Institute in the past seven years. After the ceremony, the guests appreciate the exhibitions of Chinese calligraphy and paintings displayed in the Clark Center.

In addition, a Chinese calligraphy competition attended by dozens of people from different countries is also held on Confucius Institute Day. After one hour competition, winners are selected and awards are given. The first-prize winners’ works will be sent to the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing to attend competitions with other works from all over the world.  

At 7pm of the evening, in a concert presented by Folk Music Orchestra of UTD Confucius Institute, musicians play classical musical pieces of different Chinese ethnic groups and with such traditional musical instrument as pipa, guzheng, er’hu, and di’zi (bamboo flute). Nearly four hundred people attend the concert and are fascinated by their performance.