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Confucius Institute in Puerto Rico

The University of Puerto Rico and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) signed an agreement for the development of a Confucius Institute in Puerto Rico. This partnership will promote educational and cultural ties between Puerto Rico and China.

The signing took place on July 13, 2009 during an innovative simultaneous videoconference. The UPR delegation included Dr. José Luis Cruz, Vice President of Student Affairs; Dr. Celeste Freytes, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Emma Fernández, Vice President for Research & Technology; Dr. Evelyn Jiménez Rivera, International Program Director; Dr. Jorge Vélez Arocho, Chancellor of the Mayaguez Campus, and Lic. Antonio García Padilla, President.

Computer generated illustration of the Confucius Institute building in Puerto                                                          (Image courtesy of Diálogo Digital)
Computer generated illustration of the Confucius Institute building in Puerto (Image courtesy of Diálogo Digital)

For the establishment of the Institute, UPR has already provided a two-story building of approximately 4,685 square-feet located in Rio Piedras. The facility will have three classrooms, an office area for researchers, a library, a meeting room, a multipurpose room, a shop, a reception area and staff offices.

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institute which aims at promoting Chinese language and culture and supporting local Chinese teaching internationally through affiliated Confucius Institutes. Its headquarters are in Beijing and is under the administration of the Office of Chinese Language Council International.

Confucius Institute Logo
Confucius Institute Logo

More than the start of a relationship between the UPR and China, the Confucius Institute will support, strength and integrate a number of programs that have been around for a longer period of time, including "Chinese Initiative" a special project implemented in the past year at the UPR-Río Piedras, designed to offer Chinese students a first class education at an affordable cost. Students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to study in their area of interest while refining their English language skills, learning the Spanish language and immersing themselves in the language, culture and history of Puerto Rico.

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