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Reserve the Confucius Institute Mobile Unit for your school or organization at: www.tinyurl.com/WKUCIMOBILE. Costs are below:
Item Name Price
Price Per Mile (Origin Bowling Green, KY) $2.50
3 hours or less $250.00
Full Day $400.00
More than 1 Day Please Call

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@WKUConfucius Sep 26, 22:41

September 24-25, Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University saw the wonderful teachers' Professional... https://t.co/pEQOANwozs

@WKUSGA Aug 30, 01:16

Isaacson, Miller, the firm searching for our next president, is on campus today. Students: what do you want to be considered in the search?

@WKUConfucius Aug 29, 17:05

“To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” #MondayMotivation

@WKUConfucius Aug 26, 17:50

In 2003, China became the third country to successfully send someone to space. #funfactfriday

@WKUConfucius Aug 24, 02:57

@jkupchella @WKUConfucius @WarrenCoSchools Thank you for your support!!!

@WKUConfucius Aug 22, 16:35

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” #MondayMotivation

@WKUConfucius Aug 19, 16:05

Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. #funfactfriday

@WKUConfucius Aug 17, 15:20

Want to learn Chinese? Read our blog to read things you need to know before learning Chinese.

@WKUConfucius Aug 15, 18:05

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” #MondayMotivation

@WKUConfucius Aug 15, 14:55

Today’s #Wordoftheweek is China. China 中国.

@WKUConfucius Aug 12, 16:50

Mandarin Chinese is one of the six official languages used by the United Nations. #funfactfriday

@WKUConfucius Aug 08, 17:03

Today’s #WordoftheWeek is 金 gold. Remember today to go for the gold! #Olympics2016

@WKUConfucius Aug 06, 18:55

Today’s #Wordoftheweek is United States 美国. As in U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A! #Olympics2016

@WKUConfucius Aug 05, 19:02

Chinese New Year celebration lasts 15 days. #funfactfriday

@WKUConfucius Aug 05, 15:50

In honor of the Olympics beginning today, here’s a #flashbackfriday to the summer 2008 games in Beijing! https://t.co/p4z9nUsXqs

@WKUConfucius Aug 04, 16:55

#Throwback to the 2008 summer olympics in Beijing. Make sure to support Team USA and China this week! https://t.co/C2fKiOEb1G

@WKUConfucius Jul 29, 15:03

Put together, all of China’s railways lines could loop around Earth twice!⁰ #funfactfriday

@WKUConfucius Jul 28, 17:55

What exactly is the Confucius Institute and how does the US partner with these programs? Learn more about this and other questions at

@WKUConfucius Jul 27, 15:40

73% of employers say study abroad is a factor they look for when hiring. Make yourself the best candidate with a study abroad trip to China!

@WKUConfucius Jul 22, 16:02

China currently has 64 million vacant homes, including entire cities that are empty. #FunFactFriday

@WKUConfucius Jul 20, 17:05

These are considered the top 10 Chinese soups. Which is your favorite? https://t.co/nc1s51LYpm

@WKUConfucius Jul 19, 14:31

Have you ever had authentic Chinese food? Learn more about the difference here https://t.co/eXIbUeVpVJ

@WKUConfucius Jul 18, 17:25

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” #MondayMotivation

@WKUConfucius Jul 15, 19:10

If the average Beijing resident spent their ENTIRE yearly income on housing, they could buy 10 sq. feet of property. #FunFactFriday

@WKUConfucius Jul 13, 16:02

Check out how Chinese desserts compare to those around the world! https://t.co/BpRNe4q1Pf

@WKUConfucius Jul 12, 15:40

China now has a building some are calling “the world’s largest building”

@WKUConfucius Jul 11, 16:05

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” #MondayMotivation

@WKUConfucius Jul 08, 20:15

There are more than 1.3 billion native speakers of Mandarin Chinese throughout the world. #FunFactFriday

History of the CI Mobile

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21000.html), the population in Kentucky is 4,380,415, and the reality is that Kentucky is a very rural state. The state contains over 120 counties, 174 school districts, 1,233 public school systems (excluding private schools), and with over 647,827 students enrolled, it has so many possibilities for further promotion of our program. The problem is that the further away from WKU we market our program, the less individuals in the state know about WKU, let alone the CI program. The solution, let's bring the Confucius Institute at WKU to those areas that may not know about our program, so that they can get a visual, hands on experience of our program.

Unvieled in September 2013, the mibile unit has visit over 200 sites, has traveled over 7,000 miles (equivalent to a one-way trip from Bowling Green to China), and more than 30,000 individuals have visited the unit.

The fundamental purpose of the mobile unit satisfies two different, but important areas of our program. The first piece is the marketing and publicity of our program. We live in a world in which marketing is all around us (Facebook, Twitter, newspaper, radio, TV, etc.), and it is presented in a myriad of ways (i.e. mobile devices, computer, etc.); however, there is no, one single outlet that reaches throughout the entire state (as it relates to promoting the Chinese language and culture). As this RV is transported throughout the state, it is not only a visually stunning vehicle, but it is just the type of innovative and hands-on tool that will engage potential students and communities around Kentucky. As we travel to the various towns throughout Kentucky, the RV will leave a lasting impression on these individuals one way or the other.

The second piece is the recruitment of additional districts into our program. As stated earlier, as we travel further away from WKU's home base, many individuals have not either heard of the Confucius Institute, or know very little about
it. As we visit these areas, and explain our program, it is very hard for many of the school districts to gauge student interest, and community interest. Thus, once we leave the mobile at these interested sites for a couple of days, the students visit the RV on the school site, the districts have a better understanding of whether the program is something that their educational system is equipped and ready to participate.