The 2010 Eurasian Confucius Institute Joint Conference Convenes in Russia’s Novosibirsk

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-07-14 10:17:04 

The 2010 Eurasian Confucius Institute Joint Conference was held in Novosibirsk between July 8th and 9th. Over 100 delegates including representatives from 31 Confucius Institutes in Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan as well as 25 famous universities such as China’s Peking University in addition to diplomats from Chinese Embassies and Consulates in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus attended the conference.

Directors of the Confucius Institute in European and Asian countries exchanged their ideas on the achievements and unique qualities of their own Confucius Institutes. They discussed issues on the work plan for Russia’s Year of Chinese, training and cultivation of local Chinese teachers, the development and promotion of Chinese teaching materials, support for the establishment of Chinese programs in primary and middle schools and the promotion of Chinese tests; so as to forge on with the development of the Confucius Institutes.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Пустовой Николай Васильевич, Vice President of the Russian Association of School Presidents and President of Novosibirsk State University of Technology. Notable guests, including Толоконский Виктор Александрович, State Governor of Novosibirsk, Шварцкопф Валерий Александрович, Head of the Division of Culture, Arts and Education in Novosibirsk, Pei Yufang, Minister Counselor of the Department of Education of the Chinese Embassy in Russia and Xie Jinying, Chinese Consul General to Ekaterinburg all made speeches. Толоконский Виктор Александрович, State Governor of Novosibirsk enthusiastically pointed out in his speech that only through a basis of mutual understanding of language and culture can the two sides undertake extensive cooperation in matters of economics and other fields. In Russia and other European and Asian countries, a group of young elites, who understand Chinese and China are growing up with the help of Confucius Institute; they will become a significant strength aiding the two sides in establishing a friendly partnership. The state governor also mentioned that there were not so many accomplished Chinese translators at the time that he visited China in 1980s, however, nowadays the increase in Russian people who speak Chinese and understand Chinese culture will boost the development of the strategic partnership between Russia and China.

Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Director of Hanban and Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters made the following statement during the conference: “To date, there have been 305 Confucius Institutes and more than 300 Confucius Classrooms established in 94 countries around the world. Amongst them there are 28 Confucius Institutes and 3 Confucius Classrooms in 9 countries in Eurasian Countries. These Confucius Institutes, regardless of the length of their existence, have opened numerous Chinese programs in accordance with their local environments. They have also carried out colorful cultural activities, accumulated many successful experiences, made major achievements and have been welcomed broadly by locals.” Zhao also explained that the Confucius Institutes’ activities for the Year of Chinese are currently underway; these activities will contribute to the teaching of Chinese in Russia and the deepening of educational and cultural exchanges and in the cooperation in the fields of humanities of the two countries.

This is the 2nd Eurasian Confucius Institute Joint Conference and was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology. The first Joint Conference was held in the Confucius Institute at the Far Eastern National University.