Teacher Training for Confucian Studies

The Nishan program for undergraduates has been announced here.  Below is an announcement for the program that is tailored to instructors.


We are pleased to introduce the Third Annual Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute at theNishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China, July 6 to August 3, 2013.


This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture will be led by professors Roger T. Ames (University of Hawaii), Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore) and Tian Chenshan(Beijing Foreign Studies University), with a special series of lectures by Henry Rosemont, Jr.(Brown University), Zhang Xianglong (Beijing University), Hans-Georg Moeller (University College Cork), and Robin Wang (Loyola Marymount University).

Our time together will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips.


Our unique location beside Mt. Nishan, the birthplace of Confucius, affords us a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in the study of ancient Chinese thought. This area has been known as a holy place of learning for many generations, and we are pleased to carry on this educational tradition.


This year we will spend our first week of the Institute at Beijing Foreign Studies University. This will enable us to take advantage of the historical and cultural bounty of the capital city through field trips and guest speakers.


For the first time, in parallel with the program for teachers there will be separate classes for undergraduate students who want to earn college credits. Teachers who enroll several students in the undergraduate program may receive significant discounts on their own program cost. Please contact us for more information.


The fee to attend the Institute is $3,000 USD, which includes room and board, transportation within China, books, and classes. Some scholarships are available for those who cannot obtain institutional support.


Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. The deadline for applications will be April 1, 2013, but advance notice is much appreciated.


We welcome and encourage teachers of Chinese philosophy, language, literature, religion, history, business, politics, and more to join us this Summer for a unique and enriching educational experience right at the heart of traditional Chinese culture.


For more information please contact us at:


Phone: 86-10-8881-5305


Email:  nishansummercewrbw@gmail.com or  cewrbeiwai@bfsu.edu.cn


Address:         Center for East-West Relations

Beijing Foreign Studies University

2 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District, Beijing, 100089





Sponsors of this event include:

Center for East-West Relations, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy

School of Chinese Classics, Wuhan University

Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies, Shandong University

Middlesex Community College

Confucius Institute Affairs Office, Beijing Foreign Studies University

Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center & University of Hawaii


3 replies on “Teacher Training for Confucian Studies”

  1. Would love to attend this but the total cost (including airfare) is beyond my means. A real pity, this is. Is there any chance their materials will be made publicly accessible afterwards?

  2. I’m not involved with the program. I suggest writing to the Asian Studies Development Program, which is one of the sponsors. They could tell you if there are any plans for publication. They might also know if there are any funding opportunities or alternative programs that do offer funding for participants.

  3. Hello David and others. First, if people want to participate but cannot secure financial support from their home institutions or external sources (please check these first), we will work with applicants on an individual basis to make the program more affordable by offering a significant discount. Second, while I don’t expect a formal publication to come out of this, I would be glad to forward syllabi, reading materials, class notes, etc., to anyone who requested them via nishansummercewrbw@gmail.com, the email given above.

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