Senior Specialist Level 10 of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary Visits Hanban

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-05-20 19:21:42 

Beijing, May 17th – Mdm. Khun Chantanee Thanarak, Senior Specialist Level 10 of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary and 20 students of Thai Palace Chinese class visited Hanban. Zhao Guocheng, Hanban’s Deputy Director, met with the delegation and the two sides held a friendly meeting. Mdm. Pang Li from Hanban Thailand Office and Prof. Fu Zengyou, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University also joined in the meeting.

Deputy Director Zhao Guocheng mentioned in the welcome speech that Thailand is one of the countries where Chinese teaching has been developed the best and that Thai people are very fond of Chinese language. In last year, Hanban dispatched over 2,000 volunteer Chinese teachers all over the world and approximately half were sent to Thailand. The rapid development of Chinese teaching in Thailand has been mainly due to Thai MOE and Thai royal family’s vigorous support, especially Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s support and supervision. Princess Sirindhorn has kept on learning Chinese and promoting Chinese culture over the last a few decades. The Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University was founded with the support of Princess Sirindhorn, who has made great contributions to the friendship between China and Thailand and become a role model for Chinese learning for Thai people. Princess Sirindhorn has also visited Hanban recently; we are deeply impressed by her fluent Chinese.

Mdm. Khun Chantanee Thanarak expressed her appreciation in clear and fluent Chinese to Hanban for its support to the Chinese class for students from Thai Royal Palace that enabled them to learn Chinese and experience Chinese culture in Peking University. Students of the first class held in last year have made excellent progress. Princess Sirindhorn stated that the Chinese training class was of great importance and hoped Hanban would continue support the Chinese class for Thai Royal Palace. The delegation also visited Hanban’s China Exploratorium.