Wake Technical Community College held a grand opening Friday for its new Confucius Classroom, which will give students new options for the study of Chinese language.
The initiative springs from a collaboration with N.C. State University’s Confucius Institute and Nanjing Normal University and Hanban/Confucius Institute in China.
China first created Confucius Institutes in 2004. Now there are 443 such centers around the world. The goal of the Chinese government is to promote Chinese language and culture.
NCSU’s Confucius Institute, established in 2007, was the first one in the Southeast. It has created classrooms at Central Carolina Community College, St. Augustine’s University and Enloe High School. The schools can receive financial aid and support from the collaborative institute.