Cornell Menking and Elvira Masson attended the 10th Hanban conference in Shanghai, China from Dec 5-7. The conference brings together Confucius Institute members worldwide and gave NMSU a chance to compare notes with colleagues from around the world, attend sessions on the latest trends among Confucius Institutes, and network with other non-Chinese partners also in attendance.
While in China, Menking and Masson also visited Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang where an agreement was signed to add Hebei Normal University to our Confucius Institute as a partner institution, along with NMSU’s original partner institution Shijiazhuang Science and Technology Vocational College. While in Shijiazhuang a board meeting for NMSU’s Confucius Institute was also held where new priorities and initiatives were discussed between the three partners. All parties are committed to strengthening the activities of NMSU’s Confucius Institute and are optimistic that 2016 will bring some exciting new initiatives.
After travelling to China, Professor Son Tran joined Menking and Masson for five days of visits to various institutions in Vietnam for the purpose of international student recruiting and exploration of partnerships. The trip began in Hanoi, where the delegation met with the President of the National Economics University of Vietnam, as well as members of the college of International Relations. The group also had a meeting with high ranking officials from the Post and Telecommunication Institute of Technology in Hanoi. Both institutions are interested in collaborative degree programs, student exchanges, and joint activities.
The delegation also traveled to Da Nang, Vietnam to meet with the CEO and Chairwoman of Sky-Line School, Ms Le Thi Nam Phuong. Sky-Line is interested in helping its high school graduates, as well as other people from the Da Nang region, come to NMSU for undergraduate study.
Finally, the delegation traveled to Dalat, Vietnam to speak with students and officials from the Thang Long High School for the Gifted. The school holds great promise as a source of Vietnamese students coming to NMSU to study for undergraduate degrees, some of them starting at NMSU’s other campuses.