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GHSU institute to promote better understanding of China

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 3:50 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 12:52 AM
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In an effort to form more formal ties and a closer working relationship with universities in China, Georgia Health Sciences University will be forming a Confucius Institute in Augusta, President Ricardo Azziz said.

GHSU has long had ties with Chinese universities through research, and some faculty have dual appointments with schools there. But Azziz announced last week that he will be traveling to China to create “agreements of understanding” with five or six universities and to meet with sectors of the Chinese government.

“We have had lots of relationships with China through our investigators, but we have never really formalized them to the degree we are today,” he said.

Part of that will be creating a Confucius Institute in Augusta. The institutes are agreements between international universities and Chinese universities that foster greater awareness of Chinese language and culture and exchanges between the two partners, said Rong Cai, the director of the Confucius Institute in Atlanta, which is a partnership between Emory University and Nanjing University in China and was one of the first at a research university when it was founded in 2008.

Others at Kennesaw State and Georgia State universities are a little different, she said. Georgia State focuses more on business and Kennesaw State on K-12 education while Emory focuses on higher education, Cai said.

“It offers a platform for us to internationalize education and scholarly exchanges and collaborations,” she said.

It is hard to give an accurate count because new programs are being added all of the time, but there are more than 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide and more than 60 in the U.S., Cai said.

While each Confucius Institute is slightly different, most help promote Chinese language through instructional courses and classroom programs while also helping educate people about Chinese culture.

“I think any promotion of Chinese language and culture and awareness among the public obviously helps people in the United States to understand a globalized world,” Cai said.

The institute in Atlanta gives those at Chinese universities an easy way to connect to Atlanta, Emory and Georgia, she said.

“We help organize connections and forums for them to get into contact with local businesses and organizations,” Cai said, in addition to Emory.

GHSU is still exploring what it would do with a Confucius Institute, but it could focus on health, Azziz said.

“For example, we could think of a Confucius Institute around East-West medicine, those kinds of things,” he said.

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tiredofexcuses
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tiredofexcuses 08/28/12 - 04:05 pm
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Wonder why President Azziz is

Wonder why President Azziz is using the Chronicle for such positive press? I heard through the grapevine that GHSU has blocked the online access to the Chronicle....even Austin is reporting on it.
Maybe Azziz's style of management has similar characteristics to the Chinese government such as state controlled media covereage. Just saying...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/28/12 - 05:00 pm
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Now we have the CIA.....
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And with Augusta in the name. There it is folks. You wanted Augusta as a school name. Azziz has delivered. Azziz has agreed to lead a group of students in 40 day solemn fast in order to reach a higher state. Not California.

Tom Corwin
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Tom Corwin 08/28/12 - 05:11 pm
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Blocking the Augusta Chronicle

I asked about that this afternoon and I was told neither the university nor the health system is blocking access to the Chronicle.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/28/12 - 06:25 pm
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Austin doesn't report. He
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Austin doesn't report. He stirs.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/28/12 - 08:19 pm
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Y'all thought GRU was bad.

Y'all thought GRU was bad. You're just lucky it's not Confucius Institute.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/28/12 - 09:16 pm
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Confucian Ethics

Since Azziz is on this Confucian-Chinese quest, I’d like to remind him of one of the main Confucian tenets. It encourages honoring ancestors and various social and political institutions. Confucius said this concept originated through the actions of wise leaders in human history.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/28/12 - 10:39 pm
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Welcome to Augusta

Perhaps, Tariq Azziz should learn the culture that's all around him before going to the other side of the planet to learn about the culture there.

KSL
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KSL 08/29/12 - 05:21 am
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I can not think of anything

I can not think of anything that has been better said. All the statements about Azziz going back to Calif totally ignores his hailing from South America and of Middle Eastern origins with a bit of French tied in. When did he come to the US and why? Where did he get all of his education?

He is almost as mysterious as Obama.

And apparently likes to travel as much.

KSL
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KSL 08/29/12 - 05:19 am
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What we truly need to

What we truly need to understand about China is that they do not have interest in what is best for America. They have an enormous military complex. They have droves of people working on the ability to cripple us via cyberspace.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/29/12 - 06:01 am
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Xenophobia is alive and well.
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Xenophobia is alive and well.

Tullie
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Tullie 08/29/12 - 08:35 am
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palmetto1008

Your comment can be taken two ways. When I first read it, I thought you might mean the people here were xenophobic. Then I was not sure.

I was raised in a military family, I have family overseas, I have been in different countries. We are hated by most people in other countries, you would do well to remember that. We are lumped together as a whole, no matter who our President is, no matter what is going on, and it has been that way for a long time.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 09:53 am
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Somehow, I don't think

Somehow, I don't think Georgia legislators, especially the one from Ludowici, had this in mind when they provided funding for MCG. China? Heh.

gateway1961
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gateway1961 08/29/12 - 09:56 am
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The Chinese culture needs

The Chinese culture needs exploring? All he needs to do is visit the research departments on campus. They are predominantly Chinese now and are continually recruiting Chinese faculty and staff.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/29/12 - 11:45 am
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Maybe Axxix's Plane will break down............

and he will have to stay in China!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 08/29/12 - 12:23 pm
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Confused

MCG's funding was slashed last year. MCG is preparing to have its funding slashed again this year.

Yet...

The size of its senior administration continues to grow...

The number of "institutes" and "programs" continue to grow...

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 08/29/12 - 12:35 pm
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"What we truly need to

"What we truly need to understand about China is that they do not have interest in what is best for America. They have an enormous military complex. They have droves of people working on the ability to cripple us via cyberspace."

KSL is absolutely right! We plug along thinking that Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Pakistan are our biggest dangers, when in fact, China has been shipping us lead based paint, building a Military larger than any in the world, and supporting our known enemies for years! Their human rights issues, alone, should be enough to send up warning signals, but we are blind as a bat! Last, but certainly not least, China "owns" us! We the people owe more to China than any other country on earth. I can only pray that a new administration will be very cautious about the wolf in our meat locker.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/29/12 - 01:12 pm
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Religion

Confucius was the founder of a religion. This Confucius Institute will be a government school establishing a religious institute. Those Freedom From Religion folks up in Wisconsin will not like that.

David Parker
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David Parker 08/29/12 - 01:37 pm
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This is a positive. Stop

This is a positive.

Stop spinnin me right round baby, right round like a record baby!

Tullie
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Tullie 08/29/12 - 04:08 pm
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Little Lamb's Post on Religion

We certainly cannot have religion in the schools. That has already been stopped, so no worry there. Maybe Azziz is not aware of that either...

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