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Chinese language program seeks funds

The article on Chinese language and literature studies at MIT ["Students, alumni fight for Chinese," Nov. 15] failed to mention the vigorous effort being made to raise funds in order to make this a regular program. Over the past year and a half, with the encouragement of the Dean of Humanities and Social Science and the active assistance of the Chinese Alumni of MIT (CAMIT), the development office at MIT has been actively seeking funds from external sources for this program. These efforts are focused on foundations here and abroad, with an interest in supporting Chinese cultural activities at American institutions of higher learning. We have also focused on raising funds from the body of Chinese alumni in the US, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The long-range goal is to gain a $5 million endowment which will firmly anchor a Chinese language program at MIT and allow us to expand our offerings in the area of literature and other cultural subjects. Thus far, we have received a substantial number of modest gifts from Chinese alumni, and we expect to increase our efforts. We applaud the efforts of present members of CAMIT and of the Chinese Students Club and encourage these students to join forces with us so that Chinese language and literature studies will become a permanent part of the MIT education.

Isabelle de Courtivron->

Head, Foreign Languages->

and Literatures Section->

Humanities Department->