MINNEAPOLIS (Oct 16, 2015) — The University of Minnesota’s Confucius Institute hosted its third annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception on Oct. 10 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall.
The event celebrated Minnesota students who have demonstrated a high level of Chinese language proficiency. The event was a testament to the important work of the Confucius Institute and the dedication of Minnesota’s young learners of the Chinese language.
Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education, the event is held in part to recognize students for successful performance on the 2015 Youth Chinese Test, Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi Chinese proficiency test, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages, and the STAMP Proficiency Assessment.
Students who demonstrated that they have reached Pre-Advanced (Intermediate-High) (ACTFL scale) in listening and speaking, and Intermediate-Mid (ACTFL scale) in reading and writing were awarded the Minnesota World Language Proficiency High Achievement Certificate. This certificate of achievement is offered by the state as stipulated in Minnesota Statute section 120B.022.
Students who demonstrated that they have reached Intermediate-Low (ACTFL scale) in listening and speaking, and Novice-High (ACTFL scale) in reading and writing were awarded the Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate. This certificate of achievement is offered by the state as stipulated in Minnesota Statute section 120B.022.
Students who passed the HSK-2 and the YCT-3, or demonstrated equivalent proficiency were awarded the Confucius Institute Progress Award for demonstrated proficiency in listening and reading.
Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of International Programs for the University of Minnesota system, welcomed the students and congratulated them on their accomplishments. McQuaid promotes the global dimensions of teaching, research, and engagement across all colleges and campuses of the University.
The guest speakers included Hue Nguyen, assistant commissioner University of Minnesota Department of Education, who oversees programs for Educator Licensing, Federal Programs and State and Federal Relations.
Nguyen previously served as a Special Advisor to Gov. Mark Dayton. She was also as an intergovernmental relations representative at the League of Minnesota Cities, and worked for the Minnesota State Senate as a Committee Administrator for the Senate Tax Committee and as a Senior Leadership Advisor for the Senate Majority Leader.
Another speaker was Joan Brzezinski, executive director of the China Center and Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota. She is a graduate of Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian history and later finished a Master of International Management degree at the University of St. Thomas.
While at Hamline University, she was selected to participate in the reciprocal exchange program at Peking University, the first undergraduate-level exchange program with a private university in the U.S. She has made more than 30 trips to China and has visited most major regions of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.