Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Asia and Oceania Opened in Thailand

[Source]    CRI Online [Time]    2012-07-16 11:30:45 
 

CRI Online (Liu Qing, reporter stationed in Thailand) 2012 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Asia and Oceania was unveiled at Chulalongkorn University on June 24, 2012. Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Thai Education Minister Suchart Thadathamrongvech, Mdm. Xu Lin, Counsellor of the State Council of China, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Guan Mu, and Pirom Kamolratanakul, President of Chulalongkorn University, among other high-ranking officials attended and addressed the Opening Ceremony.

The three-day long Conference opened at Chulalongkorn University on June 24 attracted the participation of more than 260 representatives from 98 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms operating in 31 countries in Asia and Oceania, and 11 Chinese partner universities. The event touched upon a wide spectrum of topics, including the security, Development of the Confucius Institute, Confucius Institute Assessment and Evaluation and China Study Plan, among others.

Princess Sirindhorn participated in and addressed the Opening Ceremony, affirming the positive contribution made by Confucius Institutes to China-Thailand cultural exchanges and the development of China-Thailand relations. She said that “at the moment, Confucius Institutes have developed on a very fast track worldwide and played a positive role in carrying forward China’s time-honored culture and boosting the understanding of peoples in the world about China. In particular, Confucius Institutes in Thailand have been highly welcomed and received by students and the general public who aspire to learn Chinese language and culture.”

Mdm. Xu Lin, Counsellor of the State Council of China, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, briefed on the developments of Confucius Institutes in Asia and Oceania at the Opening Ceremony, indicating that under the strong support and concerted efforts of both sides, Confucius Institutes in Asia and Oceania have explored into a road to development accommodating local demands yet with distinctive features as they engage in Chinese language teaching and cultural exchanges. Over the years, Confucius Institutes in the region have grown and thrived on a stable track.

According to Mdm. Xu, “last year, 165,000 students were registered at Confucius Institutes in Asia, making the number of students of each Confucius Institute reach 2,000 on average, up by 50% from the previous year. The number of registered students of Confucius Institutes in Oceania reached 14,000, meaning that the average number of students of each Confucius Institute is close to 1,000.

Statistics shows that as of the end of April, 85 Confucius Institutes, 26 independently operated Confucius Classrooms and 15 affiliated Confucius Classrooms have been established in 31 countries and regions in Asia and the figure stands at 16, 5 and 25 respectively in 3 countries in Oceania.

Back in March 2007, Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University was inaugurated, with Peking University as the Chinese partner. For now, the Institute offers 32 Chinese courses of various kinds with roughly 1,000 students. Pirom Kamolratanakul, President of Chulalongkorn University, noted that the Confucius Institute has become an important window for Thai students to learn Chinese language and understand Chinese culture.

Pirom said that “Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University has achieved gratifying results in Chinese language teaching over the years and a host of events jointly held with China have provided Thai students with an opportunity to learn Chinese culture and language while helping reinforce friendship between the two peoples.”

Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Guan Mu pointed out that as the enthusiasm for Chinese language learning has run ever higher worldwide, the Confucius Institute emerged on the horizon, offering an important platform to people in the world to learn Chinese and becoming a bridge and bond for them to enhance understanding of and friendship with Chinese people. In the past five years, Confucius Institutes in Thailand have brought out their best and scored fruitful results while adapting to local conditions, playing a guiding role in promoting Chinese language teaching in Thailand.

Exhibition on Hanban’s teaching materials and exhibition on achievements of Confucius Institutes in Thailand were staged during the proceedings of the Conference.


Conference Site


Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Delivered a Speech


Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Guan Mu Delivered a Speech


Mdm. Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Delivered a Speech


Chulalongkorn University President Pirom Kamolratanakul Delivered a Speech

 
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