MTSU Receives $1-Million Grant from China Partner

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Caption: Du Wei (left), president of Hangzhou Normal University in China, presents MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee on Tuesday with a guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument. It is the first instrument to be donated to the newly announced MTSU Chinese Music and Cultural Center. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Middle Tennessee State University announced Tuesday morning it has received a $1 million grant to open a Chinese Music and Cultural Center as part of its Confucius Institute.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Du Wei, president of Hangzhou Normal University in China, announced the grant during a ceremony on the Murfreesboro campus.

The grant comes from Hanban Confucius Institute in Beijing, which oversees more than 440 institutes in 120 countries.


The center will be housed in part of the Bell Street Building that MTSU acquired from Saint Thomas Health on the old site for Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

It will include a museum for the collection and display of traditional Chinese instruments; showcase an array of instruments from the 56 Chinese national ethnicities; and house music recordings, visual documents, and other music artifacts.


Hangzhou Normal partnered with MTSU to open the Confucius Institute in Murfreesboro in 2010 and the relationship was recently extended through 2020. It serves a resource center for Chinese language, history, contemporary society and culture.

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