UK Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP Leads a Higher Education Delegation to Visit Hanban

[Source]    Division of Communication [Time]    2010-11-15 11:10:56 

Beijing, November 10—UK Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP, who was accompanied UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his two-day state visit to China, led a 14-member delegation to visit Hanban.

UK Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP delivering a speech at the Grand Forum

Hanban was an important stop on the itinerary of Michael Gove’s first visit to China as the Secretary of State for Education. He and the delegation first visited the China Exploratorium and the Confucius Institute teaching resource exhibition on the first floor of the Hanban Business Building, and then had a talk with Hanban Director General Xulin. Afterward, Michael Gove MP delivered an impromptu speech at the Grand Forum. In the speech, he stressed that for the same purpose, the two sides have engaged in spreading knowledge throughout the world and helping more young people learn about cultures of other countries and realize the importance of international communication and cooperation. He placed a high value on the significant contributions made by the Confucius Institute in promotion of Chinese language and culture all over the world. He also stated that UK leaders in education have carried out cooperation with the Confucius Institute and expressed the hope that the two sides could further expand exchanges in across broader fields and more deeply.

On the same day, Hanban and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) signed an agreement on training 1,000 new Chinese language teachers in the next five years to promote Mandarin learning in the UK, so as to meet the growing demand for Chinese teaching.

SSATChief Executive Elizabeth Reid and Hanban Deputy Director Ma Jianfei signing an agreement

Cultural Counselor Joanna Burke and other officials from the UK Embassy in China also joined the visit.

In recent years, there has been a rapid development of cooperation in Chinese teaching between Hanban and related institutions in the UK. Currently there are 13 Confucius Institutes and 57 Confucius Classrooms which have been set up in the UK; and another 10 Confucius Institutes and 10 Confucius Classrooms are under approval.