The Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Europe Commences in London

[Source]    Division of Communication [Time]    2010-09-07 17:09:18 

September 6th – 2010 Joint Conference of Confucius Institute in Europe opened in London. During the 3 day conference, delegates of 72 Confucius Institutes/Classrooms in 26 European countries as well as 14 presidents of Chinese universities exchanged ideas on the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes in Europe.

London, September 6th – the 2nd Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Europe opened at London South Bank University

Some important guests, including H.E. Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Qiao Zonghuai, Chinese State Council Consultant, Mdm. Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban, Mark Hendrick, Chairman of the UK All Party Parliament China Group and some Chinese diplomats from the education departments of the Chinese embassies in 11 European countries attended the opening ceremony.

Delegates of the 2nd Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes visited Hanban’s teaching material exhibition held prior to the joint conference

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming stated that the development of Confucius Institutes has contributed to overseas Chinese education. The Confucius Institute is becoming a base for foreigners to understand Chinese culture, a platform for cultural exchanges between China and the world as well as a bridge for reinforcing friendship between Chinese people and people around the globe. The relationship between those taken by “Chinese Fever” with the Confucius Institute in the UK is mutually beneficial.

Xu Lin explained that Confucius Institutes in European countries have adapted to their local environments over the past a few years, established Chinese curricula and carried out colorful and vivid cultural activities; they have made remarkable achievements and accumulated much experience. She also expressed the hope that delegates should exchange their experiences and learn from each other during the conference.

A delegate examines the photo exhibition of Confucius Institutes in European countries

Mark Hendrick highly praised the achievements of Confucius Institutes in the UK as well as around the world. He believes that Confucius Institutes are playing a significant role in helping foreign young people to learn Chinese and deepen their understanding of China. He stressed that Confucius Institutes have showcased successful partnerships worldwide and have served as evidence of China’s cooperation with other countries.

According to the conference schedule, delegates will carry out a series of discussions and exchange ideas in regards to the compilation and promotion of Chinese teaching materials, the cultivation of Chinese teachers and the aiding of local schools in establishing Chinese curricula.

The 1st Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Europe was held at the Confucius Institute at GROUP T in Belgium in 2009. As of July 2010, there has been 104 Confucius Institutes and 79 Confucius Classrooms established in 31 European countries.

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