On September 11, 2017, a delegation from Shandong Provincial Education Department paid a visit to the CIE. This delegation included three people and was led by Mr. Zhang Shijun, the Deputy Minister. Shandong Provincial Education Department is the Chinese partner of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton.
Mr. Stuart Wachowicz, the Chair of Board of Directors of CIE and Advisory Board and Dr. Wei Li, the Director of CIE, toured the delegation around CIE facilities with a brief introduction on the history and development of CIE. They also met the CIE visiting teachers. Mr. Zhang Shijun indicated during the visit that they would provide CIE library with more children’s videos about Mandarin and culture learning.
The visit was followed by a meeting with Trustee Michelle Draper, Chair of EPSB Board, Mr. Darrel Robertson, Superintendent of EPSB, and Dr. Lorne Parker, Executive Director of EPSB. They expressed their appreciation for all the support from the Shandong Provincial Education Department in the past 10 years. Mr. Zhang expressed his honor to visit CIE and also to meet senior leaders of Edmonton Public Schools. He was so impressed by all the achievements of Chinese program in Edmonton and its uniqueness. Both parties emphasized the importance of the cooperation and partnership and look forward to the further development of this relationship and new projects.