Confucius Institute at the University of Duesseldorf Holds a YCT Certificate Ceremony

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Duesseldorf [Time]    2011-07-18 10:00:11 

Dusseldorf, July 12th—The Confucius Institute at the University of Duesseldorf in Germany joined hands with the International School Heiligenhaus (ISH) to hold a YCT examination at the Institute. This is the first YCT test held at the Confucius Institute since the new YCT test has been implemented in 2010, and happens to be the one with most participants in Germany. Nearly 50 middle school and primary school students from ISH, who were around 11 years old took the test.

Dr. Cord Eberspächer, the German Director of the Confucius Institute, together with Li Yan, the Chinese Director of the Institute, 斯迈瑟, person in charge of middle school of ISH and Zhang Yungang, Head of the Chinese Department issued certificates for those who passed the exam. Over 80 people attended the event, including Chinese teachers from the Institute, student representatives from each grade at ISH and parents representatives.

Dr. Cord Eberspächer stated in his address that, with Chinese learning continually heating up worldwide, German middle school and primary school students are showing more interest in learning Chinese language and culture. Many schools offer Chinese language course in high schools. He said he hoped the students make good use of various resources from the Institute and work very hard to learn the Chinese language and understand Chinese culture. Zhang Yungang gave his sincere thanks to the Institute for actively providing such a platform for ISH Chinese learners to get to know the language and to promote cultural exchange. He stated that ISH is the only school in Germany that had made Chinese a required course from kindergarten to high school. ISH bears the duty to make sure students learn about Chinese culture through the Confucius Institute. In addition, the YCT is a good way to enhance students’ initiative and to inspect their mastery to Chinese language.

Other events were offered during the ceremony, including the introduction of outstanding Chinese teaching materials of Hanban, Chinese demonstration course, and experiencing Chinese culture in person. After the events, students and parents posed for pictures with Confucius’ portrait and in front of the logo of the Confucius Institute.