Message from the Director:
The Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-Pitt) has once again experienced record growth as more schools and colleges in our region expand their courses and interest in Chinese language. Building on our success from our 2010 designation as Confucius Institute of the Year, our enrollment for 2011 increased to 2993 students. Of significance was the enthusiasm for and participation in our cultural events which jumped from 15,682 to 27,236 attendees, a more than 70% increase from this time last year. Our seven newly designated Confucius Classrooms has allowed us to expand our teaching programs to 13 counties in two states (Pennsylvania and Ohio) with classes that serve both K-12 and university programs in 60 different schools. Three new schools and an additional university (Seton Hill) were added to our consortium this fall. We are delighted by our progress and by the dedication and professionalism of our 24 Hanban volunteer teachers who have pushed the program forward under the leadership of our new Chinese Director Dr. Guo Tingting of Wuhan University (WHU). CI-Pitt is one of the largest Hanban volunteers programs in North America. Including the current class of WHU volunteers, CI-Pitt has hosted 68 Hanban teachers since our founding in the fall of 2007!
Ms. Michele Heryford
Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh