Georgia State Named ‘Confucius Institute of the Year’

ATLANTA – The Georgia State University Confucius Institute, established two years ago, was named a 2012 Confucius Institute of the Year in December.

Georgia State President Mark P. Becker and Chinese State Counsilor Madam Liu Yandong during the presentation of the Confucius Institute of the Year award.

Hanban, the Confucius Institute headquarters, recognized Georgia State during a three-day Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing for its contributions to promoting business relations between China and the United States and for its impact on the local business community in Atlanta.

“We’re thrilled to get this award, especially since we’re a very young Confucius Institute,” said Baotong Gu, director of the Confucius Institute at Georgia State. “We take this as a compliment to the hard work by our faculty and staff in 2012.”

Georgia State was one of only 26 “Confucius Institutes of the Year” and four “Confucius Classrooms” honored with the prestigious award out of 400 Confucius Institutes and 500 Confucius Classrooms in the world.

Gu credits the Institute’s success to Georgia State President Mark Becker, Provost Risa Palm and the rest of the university’s leadership that have provided strong support since the institute was established in 2010.

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“We look forward to greater accomplishments in 2013 and to making further contributions in helping to internationalize the Georgia State community,” Gu said.

Jan. 15, 2013