By Dean Andrew E. Kersten
I have been dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences for almost three years. Among the most exciting parts of my job is overseeing the University of Idaho’s Confucius Institute. Working with Dr. Matt Wappett, Dr. Hexian Xue, Dusty Fleener, and our group of advisors and teachers is a great pleasure. Every day, we make more progress on creating connections between China and the U.S. And, we are quickly establishing more educational opportunities for Idaho students at all levels as well as business relationships for Idaho companies. All of that is so incredibly important to the future.
Also, having a Confucius Institute at the University is helping to open other doors in China. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Beijing with Dean Larry Stauffer, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho, to investigate the possibilities of an educational partnership with a growing, private company in China. This opportunity may indeed become a new and strong relationship for the University. And, the fact that we have a Confucius Institute on campus was something that our counterparts were excited about and valued.
Since I’ve become dean, I’ve grown appreciative for the ways in which the UICI helps facilitate opportunities both directly and indirectly. It’s a great asset to the University of Idaho and to the state.
Dean Andrew E. Kersten is the dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Science, which houses the University of Idaho Confucius Institute. He’s also a US Historian with a keen interest in the history and archaeology of China.