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Confucius Institute has Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
On Wednesday, October 27, the Confucius Institute at the SUNY College of Optometry held its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In attendance were Ambassador Peng Keyu, Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Dr. Qu Jia, President of Wenzhou Medical College, Dr. Mitchell Leventhal, SUNY Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and several officials, dignitaries and delegates from China and the UN. Dr. Michael Heiberger, Director of the SUNY Optometry Confucius Institute, was the Master of Ceremonies for the day.
The program began in the Schwarz Theater with opening remarks from Dr. Heiberger, President Heath, Ambassador Peng, President Qu and Dr. Leventhal followed by the unveiling of the Confucius Institute plaque and the exchange of gifts between the SUNY College of Optometry and Wenzhou Medical College.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held immediately after the opening program at the Confucius Institute on the 11th Floor.
The afternoon consisted of a concert of Chinese songs by SUNY's Professor Hong Zhang of Binghamton University and two concurrent seminars, one on "Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Context of the 21st Century Medical Practice" and the second on "The Traditional Chinese Cultural Elements" in the New Eye Care Model in China.