The 2016 International Innovative Educator of the Year Award awarded to The Confucius Institute Headquarters
The 2016 Innovative Educator Program of the Year is awarded to The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) for its dedication in promoting Chinese language and culture in the United States and abroad with the worldwide establishment of Confucius Institutes. In 2012, Office of International Programs determined there were significant outside institutes/organizations that were adding value to efforts to globalize the K-State student body. This award was created then.
K-State launched its Confucius Institute in April 2015 in partnership with China's Jilin University, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary. Max Lu, director of the KSU Confucius Institute and professor of geography, and Shijun Yan, associate director of Confucius Institute, accepted the award on behalf of the Hanban. They will present it to Hanban executives at the December Confucius Institute Conference.