MDC’s Prestigious Confucius Institute Recognized for Bringing World-Class Chinese Cultural Arts to Miami

Miami, April 26, 2013 – For its role in making the Cultures of China & Festival of Spring concert a success, the Confucius Institute (CI) at Miami Dade College (MDC) was recently presented a recognition award from the Federation of Florida Chinese Associations (FFCA).

Led by the world-renowned Zhanyou Art Troupe, the February concert, held at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, featured a world-class display of authentic Chinese folk dance, operatic singing, live music and comedy. In addition to co-hosting a performance, the CI provided the event with much-needed logistical and promotional support, and hosted a welcoming reception for a Chinese art delegation at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.

“It’s a great recognition for the Confucius Institute, and it’s an added value to our city of Miami to see the impact of our institution on the community,” said CI Director Dr. Xuejun “Jim” Yu, after receiving the award.

The CI has long served as Miami’s cultural and academic bridge to China and a local ambassador for Chinese groups visiting South Florida. For the past three years, the Institute has hosted international award-winning Chinese artists and Chinese performing troupes in Miami, including China’s Xuzhou Normal University Performing Troupe, Nanjing University Traditional Chinese Orchestra, and Nanchang University Performing Troupe.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, The Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 175,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

For more information, contact Dr. Xuejun “Jim” Yu at 305-237-1201 or