Dr. Hailei Zhao joined the Augusta University Confucius Institute at the end of December as an adjunct professor of physical therapy. He is also taking on the role of associate director, after former adjunct professor and associate director Wenxin Zhou completed his tenure.
Dr. Zhao is visiting from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he is the Associate Dean of the International Education College. He has a doctorate degree in Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine, and a master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from SHUTCM.
He has nearly 20 years of experience in clinical work with a specialty in TCM prevention and treatment of cancer, and more than 10 years in academic affairs administration at SHUTCM. Dr. Zhao greets Augusta University faculty and staff. Photo credit: Phil Jones
Wenxin Zhou, adjunct professor and associate director of the Confucius Institute, has completed his tenure at Augusta University and is returning to his home university in China, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
A farewell ceremony was held on the afternoon of Dec. 20 in order to show gratitude for Professor Zhou’s service to the Confucius Institute since December 2014. Delegates, colleagues and Professor Zhou’s friends from the Health Science campus, the Summerville Campus, and the Confucius Institute joined in the ceremony.
We thank Professor Zhou for his dedication to teaching in the Physical Therapy Department and to his work with the Confucius Institute. We wish him the best in the future.
Professor Wenxin Zhou (5th from left) was honored at a farewell ceremony on Dec. 20.
Professor Wenxin Zhou, outgoing adjunct professor of physical therapy and associate director of the Confucius Institute at Augusta University, was recently awarded a 2016 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award for his leadership.
Zhou received the honor from one of China’s four vice premiers at the 11th Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming, China, on Dec. 10. Liu Yandong, China’s highest-ranking female politician and chairwoman of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters, presented the award.
Faculty and staff from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine visited Augusta University in September 2016 for the 2nd Anniversary of the Confucius Institute. Scroll through the galleries below to see some photos from different events throughout the weeklong celebration.
The Confucius Institute at Augusta University took its first delegation of faculty and students to China with the support of the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) from May 26 to June 8, 2016.
The 12 faculty members and 14 students from Augusta University visited Shanghai and Beijing.
The purpose of the trip was to help the faculty and students learn more about China and to further the academic exchange between Western and Eastern cultures.
While in China, the Augusta University delegates attended the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the Augusta University Jazz Ensemble performed at the party.
The students and faculty also visited two other universities in Shanghai: East China Normal University and Shanghai Normal University. They toured the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Zhujiajiao Water Village, People’s Square, Nanjing Road, enjoyed an acrobatics performance, tasted Shanghai food and went shopping.
In Beijing, the capital of China, they visited the Hanban, where they learned that there are more than 500 Confucius Institutes all over the world now. They also visited the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Park, Summer Palace and Beijing Normal University.
After they toured Beijing, some of the delegates visited Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta Warriors and bike on the wonderful city wall.