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Dr. Gerald Krispin's Evening Address  


Centre for Chinese Studies – Launch Event

CCS Launch: Program 

Concordia University of Edmonton’s Centre for Chinese Studies a first in Canada focusing on Chinese Teacher Development


Concordia University of Edmonton celebrated the launch of it’s Centre for Chinese Studies on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The university hosted representatives from the Chinese government, Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International, affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education), partners from Qilu Normal Univeristy, Alberta government representatives, city officials and local dignitaries.


Doug A. Horner, Chairman of the Canada Asian Synergy Group identified China as Alberta’s second largest trade partner.  “I congratulate Concordia for moving forward with this. This is important. Not only to Alberta but to Canada.”

The Centre’s focus will be on Chinese teacher development, the Chinese Language and China Studies, allowing greater accessibility to Chinese culture and language to the educational and business community in Alberta, improving and enhancing understanding from all sides.  A shortage of Canadian teachers of the Chinese language and culture was identified as a significant barrier for Canadians and the Centre will bridge this gap.

Representing the Government of Alberta, MLA Chris Neilson, is “proud to support the initiatives that help diversify Alberta’s international education offerings and build stronger relationships with our Chinese partners.”

The Centre for Chinese Studies “demonstrates that Concordia University of Edmonton is part of a global community that values the language and culture of our students, their parents, and their home nation,” said President Gerald Krispin at the Launch Ceremony.  “We will all be enriched! The Centre for Chinese Studies will therefore not only open doors, but also hearts and minds as we share our experiences, teach our cultures, and learn our languages.


Photographs of the launch event can be seen on our Facebook page.


Thank you, Elder Lightning!


Elder Rick Lightning blessed the launch ceremony of our new Centre for Chinese Studies and the Centre for Chinese Teacher Development last week, with words of wisdom, prayer, smudgning and chanting. It was a special moment for a special launching day.

Here is our International Office's (Dr. Xinxin Fang) and our Qilu Normal University guests' word of thank you, that was sent to Elder Lighning via email:

"Dear Elder Ligntning,

We wish to express our sincere gratitude for your blessings with your sweetgrass and prayer yesterday at the Launching Ceremony for Centre for Chinese Studies. Your speech and words of wisdom were very touching, your prayer and song were very moving. We could feel the air change like a warm autumn wind filling the Tegler Students Centre. Your stories of history and your connection with land and sky are still lingering on top of Tegler and resonate in the ground.   It was a perfect peaceful prelude to the celebration that followed. 

This is a poem written to you by one of the Chinese delegation professors.







Literally means:


Sparse clouds, dense trees, in deep and light colors,

A blessing song fills the campus.

we wish to ride a rainbow across the blue ocean,

To bring the maple leaf to the fountain.  (These Chinese delegation come from Ji'nan, a city of spring fountains.)


Concordia University of Edmonton – Building Bridges

Photographs of the launch event can be seen on our Facebook page.

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