SUU Opens the New Chinese Studies Center

Published: April 09, 2015 | Read Time: 2 minutes

A long way from Cedar City, Utah, Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China, has been a semester-long home to SUU students for the past few years. These students gain a heightened level of cultural immersion and cross-disciplinary training that can only be learned by stepping out into the world. In return, SUU will now welcome Hunan Normal (HNU) students from China to our Cedar City campus, through the soon-to-be opened Chinese Studies Center.

The Chinese Studies Center will officially open in a formal ceremony at noon on Friday, April 10, where SUU President Scott Wyatt as well as SUU Provost Bradley Cook and HNU Professor Chuan Jiang, will address the audience and discuss the two universities' strides to advance cultural understanding and cross-cultural efforts in higher education.

Xiling Yuan, a visiting scholar from Xi’an, will also address the crowd, to discuss her time at SUU and findings. Yuan has been in Cedar City since July, researching Helen Foster Snow, and will be speaking about how Snow helped connect SUU to China. Yuan said she is excited this new center will “provide SUU students with opportunities to know more about modern China.”

The collaboration effort between both Universities has been going on for a few years and is finally becoming a reality. Kurt Harris, Director of the Global Engagement Center, say’s the purpose of the center is “to promote the learning of American culture and the English language in central China, the CSC is being established to promote the learning of Chinese culture and language in southern Utah.” Yuan’s experience at SUU is the perfect example that the benefits this center offers are being put to good use.

The CSC will benefit SUU students, faculty, and staff, and it will serve as a place to welcome Chinese students and scholars, and promote their success, at SUU. After the Opening Ceremony ends there will be an open house at 12:30 in the Global Engagement Center where Chinese candy and sweets will be served.

The opening ceremony at noon on Friday is open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

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