On October 7, the 2016 CISDSU Council Meeting was held in the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University (SDSU). SDSU Provost Emerita Dr. Nancy Marlin, CISDSU Managing Director Dr. Lilly Cheng, Vice President of Xiamen University Ms. Xinli Zhan, Director of the Southern Base of CI Headquarters Mr. Tongwen Mao, and CISDSU Co-Director Prof. Wei Lu attended the meeting as council members; Chief Representative of North America of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters Mr. Junbo Chen, Vice Secretary General of the General Alumni Association of Xiamen University Ms. Huixia Shi, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Asian Studies at SDSU Dr. Madhu Madhaven and XMU alumnus Prof. John Cleary participated in the meeting as council advisors or observers.
Dr. Marlin warmly welcomed the delegates from Xiamen University. She expressed her appreciation to Xiamen University as a supportive university partner of CISDSU. On behalf of CISDSU, Dr. Cheng gave a brief introduction of CI’s accomplishments since the 2015 council meeting. Then, she and Mr. Chen demonstrated the features of the Tiandee Panda textbook series to the participants. Afterwards, council members reviewed and approved the 2015 work report, financial report and 2017 work plan. In addition, SDSU and XMU representatives discussed further opportunities for cooperation. For example, both institutes may apply to CI Headquarters for co-hosting the 2017 Moon Festival/Confucius Day Celebration program; they may further promote locally designed teaching materials and co-host Chinese calligraphy, brush painting and cultural exhibits either in the Academy for Confucius Institute Directors in XMU or the Confucius and Multicultural Center on SDSU campus. Vice President Zhan thanked SDSU for giving full support to CISDSU. She said that the Southern Base of CI Headquarters in Xiamen University will continue to support CISDSU in its endeavor to build up a global Model CI. At the meeting, both Provost Emerita Marlin and Vice President Zhan also expressed their appreciation for the Managing Director and Co-Director’s hard work throughout the years.
Before the council meeting, Provost Emerita Marlin and Vice President Zhan exchanged gifts. All participants took group photos.
Photo 1: A demo of local teaching materials
Photo 2: Review of reports
Photo 3: A discussion of further collaboration
Photo 4: Exchange of souvenirs
Photo 5: A group photo
(Translated by Chudan)