Video from the Opening Ceremonies:
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing universities in the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. It is also the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region.
Established in 1946, UNC Charlotte now enrolls more than 28,700 students on its 1,000-acre main campus in University City, in addition to its Center City campus located in uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte Research Institute Campus north of the main campus.
Leveraging our growing academic and industrial ties with China, we propose to collaborate with our partner Shanxi University located in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province to expand our Chinese connections to a wider range of teaching, research, and community activities both on campus and in the larger Charlotte metropolitan area.
Such activities would focus on language teaching and cultural exchange. In addition, the Confucius Institute, as a joint venture between UNC Charlotte and Shanxi University, would also support the exchange of ideas, the promotion of scholarship, and cooperation in research between the two institutions.
We take great pride in the cultural diversity and economic vitality of the city of Charlotte and also believe our students, faculty and community could be better served by this collaboration between the two institutions via Chinese language teaching, cross-cultural learning and other academic exchanges.
Through consultation with key partners, it has been shown that there is a pressing demand and overwhelming support for the UNC Charlotte Confucius Institute. The link between UNC Charlotte and Shanxi University can be developed and further strengthened through a Confucius Institute based in Charlotte that could produce larger benefits for both universities and their surrounding regions.