On June 19, invited by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Tigers Men’s Basketball Team of Texas Southern University (TSU) Confucius Institute arrived at BJTU and carried out the 12-day visit. The 18-member delegation was led by John M. Rudley, President of TSU. They have participated in various activities including the Mandarin courses, basketball matches, Chinese traditional art taste and city tour.
BJTU has arranged three friendly matches for the visit of TSU Men’s Basketball Team. On June 20, the warm-up match between TSU Tigers Men’s Basketball Team and China National Youth Men’s Basketball Team was held at the BJTU Stadium. On June 22, both sides held friendly match. Mr. CAO Guoyong, Chairman of the University Council and Mr. YAN Wuer, Vice Chairman of the University Council were present at the match and also met with the TSU delegation led by President John M. Rudley. On June 26, the friendly match between BJTU Men’s Basketball Team and TSU Tigers Men’s Basketball Team was held at the BJTU Stadium. President NING Bin was present at the match and met the delegation. Principals from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, Beijing Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and U.S. Embassy in China were also present at the match.
BJTU shares profound and friendly cooperative relations with TSU. In May 2012, approved by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), both sides jointly established the Confucius Institute. In April 2013, the Inauguration Ceremony for the Establishment of the TSU Confucius Institute was held in the U.S. During the two years, both sides have actively promoting cooperation in Chinese culture and international dissemination of Chinese language.
The TSU Tigers Men’s Basketball Team has ever won the championship of the 2014 U.S. Southwest Division. This visit would definitely deepen the mutual understandings of both universities and help promote deeper collaboration.