Chinese high school students visit campus, meet faculty


The University of Akron

Nanwu teachers and students at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The University of Akron’s Confucius Institute hosted 20 students from Nanwu High School in Guangzhou, China, on a tour of campus Jan. 22.

This is the second year the University has welcomed visitors from Nanwu, who are living with host families and attending Granger Township's Highland High School, Nanwu's sister school and exchange partner.

"The University of Akron has a strong commitment to cultural diversity, and this amazing partnership with Highland allows us to make young Chinese students aware of the premier programs at UA," says Holly Harris Bane, associate vice president for strategic initiatives and partnerships.

The students were chaperoned by Highland High School Principal Dana Addis and faculty from Highland and Nanwu on a tour of various buildings, where they met with professors and learned about academic programs, ate lunch and socialized.

"They are believers in the American universities," Addis says. "Many of them have a goal to attend college in America. Visiting The University of Akron is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with something they desire."

In the past two weeks the students have also visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, attended a Cleveland Cavaliers game, gone sled riding in Strongsville and played laser tag, Addis adds.

 Story by Nicholas Nussen

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About UA's Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is part of an international network, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Through the Confucius Institute, UA participates in an exchange program with its partner university, Henan University in China, and also hosts a weekly teleconference in which students from UA and Henan discuss academics, politics, economics and global issues. To learn more, visit the Confucius Institute online.