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paiges2Paige Scrivener has been appointed the Confucius Institute’s new student ambassador. As an ambassador, she serves as the liaison between the Confucius Institute and the UT and Knoxville communities. Scrivener, of Memphis, is a junior in global studies with a concentration in global politics and economics and a double minor in Chinese and Asian studies.

Having just participated in the US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program this summer—which allowed her to study Mandarin in Suzhou, China—Scrivener hopes to apply her personal experiences in China to the ambassador position.

With the support of Hanban in Beijing and a partnership with Southeast University in Nanjing, the Confucius Institute at UT was established to bridge the gap between Chinese and US cultures. By offering Chinese language and culture classes, planning events and activities, and reaching out to both the UT and local communities, the Confucius Institute enhances the Chinese learning experience.

Learn more about the Confucius Institute on their website.