November 14, 2017
Welcome, New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College
Dear Faculty and Staff,
It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the opening day celebration of the New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College (NYCIGF@Baruch). The December 6 event will include a tour of the institute’s new offices, a formal opening ceremony, and an inaugural panel discussion entitled “Global Finance: Past, Present, and Future.”
Beginning in the spring of 2018, the NYCIGF@Baruch will offer Chinese language classes, cultural workshops, and global finance seminars. The institute represents an extracurricular, nondegree educational collaboration between Baruch College, the Shanghai International Studies University, and Hanban, a Chinese government entity affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The institute’s mission is to further U.S. students’ and business executives’ understanding of China and the integral role that it plays in the worldwide financial system. Furthermore, the institute will help Chinese students and business executives understand the U.S. and global financial markets.
We are aware of the concerns that have arisen with a handful of Confucius Institutes at other schools, and the structure of the NYCIGF@Baruch has been designed to address such issues. None of its offerings will be for academic credit, nor will they affect Baruch students’ credit-bearing classes or the subjects discussed in any course taught at Baruch. The NYCIGF@Baruch will also have no bearing on a student’s path to degree completion; it is entirely extracurricular and value added.
The launch of NYCIGF@Baruch aligns with the College’s 2013-18 Strategic Plan, specifically, Goal III: To deepen engagement with the world outside the campus. With this and related endeavors, we continue to pursue the goal that a Baruch education will provide a global perspective on world affairs and critical awareness of the political, economic, and ethical issues that our students will face in their careers.
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