On June 29, CIP held the 8th Board Meeting at Hovde Hall, Purdue University. In his opening remarks, Dr. Deba Dutta, Provost and Chair of CIP Board, said that Purdue and SJTU were in strong relationship and that CIP was widely supported at Purdue. Dr. Zhen Huang, Vice President of SJTU and Vice Chair of CIP Board, emphasized the value of CIP as a platform for promoting campus-wide collaborations between Purdue and SJTU. Board members reviewed work reports by Dr. Wei Hong, Director of CIP and Dr. John Layton, Director of LSC Confucius Classroom. The Board highly appreciated the wonderful performances of the Confucius Institute and Confucius Classroom. In particular, the Board confirmed the impressive leadership of Dr. Wei Hong. The Provost pointed out that CIP could be a useful resource for involvement in all other cultures at Purdue community. Dr. Wei Hong expressed her heart-felt appreciation to Purdue senior leadership, faculty, schools and departments for their continuous support. The board agreed to add two new board members from the Krannert School of Management and Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The board decided that the next Board Meeting be held at SJTU on March 2016.