The Assembly of Asian Confucius Institutes 2010 Concludes in Singapore
Singaporean Minister Lee Kuan Yew Shares his Chinese Learning Experience

[Soure]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-07-02 11:40:55 

Singapore, June 26th - The Assembly of Asian Confucius Institutes 2010, sponsored by China's Hanban/Confucius Institute headquarters was held in Singapore. Over 120 guests including the Chinese and foreign Directors of 52 Confucius Institutes in 11 Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Mongolia, Malaysia and Thailand etc. and presidents of 10 well known Chinese universities participated in the conference and exchanged their ideas on the construction of Confucius Institutes and the strengthening and promotion of the sustainable development of Asian Confucius Institutes.

Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban and General-Director of Confucius Institute Headquarters made a keynote speech during the opening ceremony; she spoke on the development of Confucius Institutes around the world over the past years, in particular, the remarkable Chinese education and cultural activity achievements and successful experiences of the Confucius Institutes in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Xu Lin indicated that the Confucius Institute has not only served as an effective platform for people in Asia to learn Chinese language and culture, but has also made its own contribution to the promotion of exchanges amongst cultures and the friendships of a number of countries. She stressed that the Confucius Institute Headquarters is willing to work with all Asian countries to develop Confucius Institutes and make new contributions to the exchanges and friendship between Chinese people and people all around the world.

During the two day assembly, directors of Confucius Institutes introduced their own achievements and qualities regarding the development of Confucius Institutes and shared with one another their experiences on the cultivation and training of local Chinese teachers, the recommendation and development of Chinese teaching materials, support of Chinese programs in primary and middle schools and implementation of and resource sharing of the Great Wall teaching material along with other programs. Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters listened carefully to participants' opinions on how to improve and boost Confucius Institutes' work in order to better serve Confucius Institutes and they probed solutions of some questions which require attention.

The assembly also drew the special attention of Singapore government, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who attended the assembly and exchanged his ideas regarding the significance of Chinese teaching in Singapore with the inclusion of his own personal Chinese learning experience. He revealed that the bilingual policy (Chinese and English) in Singapore helps to maintain the important roots of Chinese people; Singapore overseas Chinese people would lose their roots if it were not for the aforementioned policy. Should overseas Chinese people lose their ability to speak and understand Chinese, he fears it would be too late for regret. Lee believes that China's rise as an economic force is causing people around the world to learn Chinese. The Confucius Institute shall reveal to the world the ideologies, societal factors and economic situation of modern China.

Participants visited the Confucius Institute at the Nanyang Technology University during the assembly, visiting its teaching and cultural activities and listening to the head of the hospital of the pharmacy, Guan Qingwei's lecture entitled The Path of Chinese Medicine.

Wei Wei, Chinese Ambassador to Singapore, Yu Minghua, Vice President of Nanyang Technology University and Zhou Qinghai, Chairman of the Council of the Confucius Institute at the Nanyang Technology University were also in attendance at the assembly.