Bowling Green, Ky. (WBKO)--- Confucius institute directors from more than twenty universities around the world attended the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Western Kentucky University's Model Confucius Institute building.
Ceremony speakers included President Gary Ransdell, and former Director-General of the Hanban/Confucius headquarters in Beijing, Xu Lin.
It's website says it is a public institution affiliated with with the Chinese ministry of education, and is committed to providing Chinese language and cultural resources and services worldwide.
Dr. Ransdell says it is necessary for the relationship between the United States and China.
" We need each other to support each other politically and economically and the Confucius institute helps bridge those relations between the two countries. its not about politics and its not about governmental policy," says Ransdell.
"Its about understanding people, history, and culture and embracing it".
Dr. Ransdell says a strong relationship with China is crucial for the future of our economy.
"We want to facilitate Kentucky's economy by having strong relations with china and vise versa," says Ransdell.
"If we were to ignore the importance of the Chinese economy and the Chinese language and its emergence across the globe we would do so at our own peril".
The ceremony concluded with a presentation by madame Xu Lin titled "development of the Chinese language and culture programs in the U.S.".