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Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 12:34pm

Coastal Ga. College Wants Chinese Institute

Budget cuts nationwide are forcing schools to ditch foreign language classes -- all except Chinese.

A new federal survey says, schools are dropping French, German and other languages while exponentially increasing Chinese.

This week in Brunswick, officials from Jiangxi University are in the city to discuss a possible Chinese institute at College of Coastal Georgia.

College President Valerie Hepburn says, if it comes, it would be the first outside Metro Atlanta and partly paid by the Chinese government.

"If they could not support this effort, it would not be something that we could do on our own," Hepburn says.

Brunswick and Savannah public schools both teach Chinese because of increased global trade. For G-P-B News, I'm Orlando Montoya.

"One of the things is that we're a port city," Hepburn says. "Two is our strong regional partnership between Savannah and the corridor along I-95. And yes, part of the opportunity is that the Chinese government looks for strategic partnership."

If the program takes off with Chinese government support, it would fit in with a national trend.

The Chinese delegation also plans to talk with officials at Georgia Tech in Savannah.

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