Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, France Successfully Holds a Lecture on the Ancient Chinese Imperial Examination System

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers [Time]    2013-01-16 09:59:53 

Poitiers, November 28th, 2012 - Professor Gan Xiaoqing, Member of the Teaching Steering Committee of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and President of Jiujiang University successfully gave an academic lecture entitled the “Advantages and Disadvantages as well as the Inspiration of Ancient Chinese Imperial Examination System” at the multifunctional lecture hall of the University of Poitiers at the invitation of the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers, France. Nearly one hundred teachers and students from the School of Public Administration and Policy, the University of Poitiers attended the lecture, which was so wonderful that it aroused strong reactions among the French teachers and students.

Professor Gan giving the wonderful lecture

In the speech, Professor Gan Xiaoqing vividly introduced the the development of the ancient Chinese imperial examination system, analyzed its advantages and disadvantages, and elaborated on the influence of the examinational system on the Chinese feudal bureaucracy system and its modern inspiration, etc. for the French teachers and students in fluent and authentic French. About a hundred French teachers and students erupted in applause for Professor Gan’s excellent lecture, which was conducted in a warm and lively atmosphere. During the interactive part of the lecture, the teachers and students, who were greatly interested in the ancient Chinese imperial examination system, raised questions to Professor Gan one after another, and Professor Gan answered each of the questions. Finally, the lecture, which was originally scheduled to last for one and a half hours, officially ended after about one hour. After the end of the lecture, some French teachers and students were still enchanted by the lecture, and they all went up to the podium to continue talking with Professor Gan and took group photos with him at the end of the session.

The site of the lecture

Group photo of Professor Gan Xiaoqing and some of the French teachers and students

The lecture series held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Poitiers includes not only the lectures in regards to Chinese culture but also a series of high-level academic lectures about China, designed to introduce Chinese culture to French teachers and students while enabling them to have a better understanding of China and promoting the cultural and academic exchanges between China and France with the academic lectures.