Chinese State Councilor Stresses to Promote Scientific Development of the Confucius Institute Based on a New Starting Point

[Source]    Xinhua Net [Time]    2010-12-08 09:50:31 
 


Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, also Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, delivered an important speech at the opening ceremony.


The 1st Working Conference of the Confucius Institute


Chinese Education Minister and Vice Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Yuan Guiren giving a report at the closing ceremony.

Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, also Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, attended the working conference of the Confucius Institute on December 7. At the conference, she stressed the importance of following the basic rules of education, improving school administration capability and insisting on intensive development to make greater progress for the Confucius Institute and the international Chinese Language Education.

Madam Liu Yandong said the Confucius Institute has realized vigorous growth in the past five years and constant progress in management as well as exchanges and cooperation. It has contributed to helping the world learn Chinese and know about Chinese culture. She said the international Chinese language teaching and the educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation play a significant role in facilitating friendship and cooperation between China and the rest of the world, promoting lasting peace and building a prosperous and harmonious world.

Madam Liu Yandong stressed that the Confucius Institute should strengthen its foundation and take root in local communities to boost the sustainable development of the international Chinese language teaching. She said great efforts should be made to develop a staff of quality teachers and professional directors and to create better conditions for Chinese guest teachers and volunteers. Greater effort should be made to integrate the compilation of innovative teaching materials and further enhance the research, development and quality of these materials. She said the Confucius Institute should also adopt optimal teaching methods and integrate its work with the local culture and situation of local students to stimulate their interest in learning Chinese. She advised the Confucius Institute to ensure joint construction and cooperation on equal foot, respect host country rules and regulations, cultural traditions and social customs, adjust to local conditions and blend into local communities to create a favorable environment for the learning of Chinese language and culture.

Madam Liu Yandong stressed scientific methodology for the international Chinese language teaching, appropriate judgment in the relation between quantity and quality and reasonable arrangement of the overall distribution. She also stressed wise judgment in the relations between the highlights and the whole, in order to establish a corps of model Confucius Institutes and actively develop Confucius Classrooms. The Confucius Institute must properly manage the relation between linguistic education and cultural exchanges, expand cultural contents and enhance education standards. Attention should also be given to the relations between government guidance and market operation to ensure stable support and coordinated efforts by all sectors and to explore market-oriented operation modes so as to achieve better and faster progress for the Confucius Institute.

Before the conference, Madam Liu Yandong also presided over the Executive Council Member Meeting of the Confucius Institute Headquarters.(According to Xinhua News Agency)