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   from the issue of January 10, 2008

Confucius Institute offers initial round of Chinese language courses

The Confucius Institute at UNL will offer non-credit Chinese language courses for the first time starting Jan. 22.

The classes, offered through four sections on City Campus, are designed to provide an understanding of the Chinese language (written and spoken) to beginners and those with some familiarity with the language.

"I just want UNL students and Nebraskans to be better informed individuals. That's the final goal with these courses," said David Lou, director of the UNL Confucius Institute and Ludwickson professor of mechanical engineering.

Sections for the general public are Jan. 23 to March 3 and Jan. 22 to Feb. 28. The Jan. 23 to March 3 section meets 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The Jan. 22 to Feb. 28 section meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sections for children (ages 6 to 12) are Jan. 26 to April 19. The first section is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays - some Chinese language familiarity is required in this section. The other section for children is 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturdays. Parents are encouraged to attend. Neither section will meet March 22.

The Confucius Institute at UNL is a non-profit public institute with a mission of teaching Chinese courses to students of all ages, interested members of the public, and many others, especially families who have adopted Chinese children. Additionally, the Confucius Institute serves to prepare and certify teachers of Chinese in K-12 and higher education; sponsor academic activities and Chinese cultural events; advise individuals wishing to study, do business, or travel in China; offer educational reference materials; and partner with public and private entities to serve communities, businesses, and schools.

The Confucius Institute at UNL was established in April 2007 as the 20th Confucius Institute in the United States. More than 100 Confucius Institutes have been established worldwide by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, known as Hanban, a part of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

For more information on classes or registration for these classes, send e-mail to or call (402) 472-2175 or (866) 700-4747.



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