ASU Confucius Institute’s US-China education exchange efforts honored by Chinese government

December 22, 2016

The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University was honored as “2016 Confucius Institute of the Year” at the 11th Global Confucius Institute Conference earlier this month. 

ASU Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stefanie Lindquist accepted this award, which was presented by Vice Premier Liu Yandong of the People’s Republic of China in Kunming, China.  Confucius Institute of the Year award ceremony in China ASU Vice Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stefanie Lindquist accepts the 2016 Confucius Institute of the Year Award, which was presented by Vice Premier Liu Yandong of the People’s Republic of China in Kunming, China. Download Full Image

"It was a privilege for me to participate in the award ceremony on behalf of our dedicated faculty and staff at ASU's Confucius Institute,” Lindquist said. “The award is a tribute to their energetic and visionary leadership and to the outstanding teamwork of the Institute's faculty and staff."

A distinctive feature of the Confucius Institute at ASU is the synergy that comes from cooperation between the Confucius Institute and the Chinese degree programs in the School of International Letters and Cultures, including the federally funded Chinese Language Flagship Program.

To promote Chinese learning in local schools, the Confucius Institute has worked since 2009 to establish dedicated “Confucius Classroom” partnerships with 14 elementary and secondary schools in five school districts in Arizona. To date, the ASU Confucius Institute is proud to have more than 4,000 students studying Chinese in these schools.

Through these schools, the ASU Confucius Institute is able to develop an overarching, integrated Chinese curriculum and learning system based on Arizona K-12 academic standards. The ultimate goal is to ensure students will be linguistically and culturally prepared to handle the complex demands of a global society.

The institute also keeps a close tie with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China L.A. In September this year, the renowned China National Orchestra of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater was invited to present a special cultural performance at ASU’s Tempe campus co-hosted by the consulate.

Founded in 2007, the ASU Confucius Institute has maintained a partnership among ASU, Sichuan University, and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in China. The ASU institute has a broad mission to promote scholarship about China and foster high-quality Chinese language and cultural education within schools and the community at large.

The director of the ASU Confucius Institute is Robert Joe Cutter, who is a professor of Chinese in the School of International Letters and Cultures and who served as the founding director of that school from 2005–June 2016. Fannie Tam is the associate director of the Confucius Institute.

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Jennifer (Danchen) Zhou

International Communications Manager, Media Relations & Strategic Communications


Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care host payment reform summit

December 22, 2016

January 2017 marks the beginning of a new year, a new administration and a new opportunity to provide thoughtful input as the U.S. continues the discussion surrounding health care reform. To inform the development of alternative payment models that ensure access to, and sustainability of, high-quality health care in America, Arizona State University’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery have come together to host a summit on access and alternate payment.

By invitation only, summit participants will examine scientific data from Mayo Clinic and other institutions. They will consider the needs of patients, including those with complex illnesses, while examining data drawn from a number of sources, to identify the impact of various payment models on patient access and patterns of health care utilization. Download Full Image

Alternative payment models and topics that summit attendees will explore include:

  • Evidence on the various forms of risk sharing. Forms to be explored include bundling, Accountable Care Organizations and shared savings programs.
  • Patient attribution modeling. Participants will analyze various attribution methodologies to ensure both accuracy in assigning, and calculating cost of, patients to providers for care management purposes.
  • Costs. A major goal is to determine the most effective way to measure total cost of care, clinical and final performance.
  • Measures necessary to truly award value. The summit is aimed at the creation of valid quality and effective measures that reflect outcomes, patient experience and clinical and financial performance.

The summit will produce findings to inform decision-makers across the health care payment and policy arena, and intelligence for use in curriculum development to teach the next generation of leaders in the science of health care delivery. Outcomes will include guiding principles to inform the conversation on the next design phase of value-based care delivery and reimbursement.

Participants include 25 of the nation's top thought leaders from across industry, health care providers and payers, and government and patient advocacy organizations. The group's discussions will be led by moderator Clifford Goodman, Ph.D., and focus on determining emerging topics in payment reform, and capturing an unparalleled understanding of these opinions.