Message from the Vice Provost for Global Affairs
July 31, 2019
A few days ago, our Office of International Services received new guidance from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Program Administration (OPA) regarding the visa status of 15 incoming scholars from China. These individuals were scheduled to arrive in the United States to participate in a language internship program of the Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (CI-Pitt) and offer Chinese language instruction to students in schools and colleges in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
Unfortunately, the new guidance from OPA impacts the University’s ability to host CI-Pitt scholars and precludes us from running the internship program in the 2019-2020 academic year.
CI-PITT 2018-19 teachers
The Confucius Institute at the University of Pittsburgh welcomed 16 new teachers to Pittsburgh! We are delighted to welcome this new batch of teachers to the US. CI-Pitt is a language and culture center dedicated to supporting the learning of Chinese language and culture for the greater public and serves some 4,000 students in the K-16 arena in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York to create a platform to better understand and learn about China and the Mandarin Language.
CI-PITT was honored as 2015 Confucius Institute of the Year
CI-PITT was one of only 20 to receive this honor of the 500 institutes located in 134 countries, and has won more awards than any other CI worldwide. CI-PITT was previously honored as CI of the Year in 2008, 2010, and 2013.
2015 June, Madam Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, visited the Confucius Institute at University of Pittsburgh, where she highly appreciated the institute's achievements in teaching and used the English expression "Only One" to describe its excellence.