Confucius Institute of Hong Kong Holds the Opening Ceremony for the Research Centre for Chinese History and Culture & the Research Centre for Chinese Language Teaching and the Distinguished Lecture Series on Chinese Culture and Religion

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Hong Kong [Time]    2013-03-14 11:46:12 

Hong Kong, March 1st, 2013 - The Confucius Institute of Hong Kong (CIHK) held an opening ceremony for the Research Centre for Chinese History and Culture & the Research Centre for Chinese Language Teaching. More than 100 guests from educational, cultural and academic circles attended the ceremony. In addition, many media representatives including those from the Xinhua News Agency, the Ta Kung Pao, the Wen Wei Po, the China News Service, and the Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre came to report on the event, jointly witnessing the historic moment of the Confucius Institute of Hong Kong to further promote Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture.

The opening ceremony of the two research centres was held on the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and was presided over by Professor Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, Professor Chen Lai, Director of Tsinghua Academy of Chinese Learning and research fellow of Central Research Institute of Culture and History, Prof. Philip C.H. Chan, PolyU Deputy President and Provost, Prof. Angelina Yuen, PolyU Vice President and Chair of the Council of CIHK, and Prof. Chu Hung-lam, PolyU Chair Professor of Department of Chinese Culture and CIHK Director.

Before the ceremony, Deputy Director-General Ma Jianfei, along with his entourage, visited the CIHK, and wrote an inscription that said “two centres serving as two wings for flying” for the institute.

The opening ceremony officially launched at 3:30 pm, and started with the welcoming speech delivered by Prof. Angelina Yuen, Chair of the Council of CIHK. She also gave the basic background on the two research centres, whose mission is the promotion of “Chinese language” and “Chinese Classics”, and said that it was an important step to reflect and carry forward the founding principle of the Confucius Institute.

In his speech of congratulation, Deputy Director-General Ma Jianfei first expressed the congratulations on the establishment of the centres on behalf of Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director-General of Hanban, and then fully affirmed the working achievements made by the Institute for nearly seven years since its establishment. In addition, he gave an introduction to the “Confucius Institute Development Plan” (2012-2020), and expressed the hope that CIHK could develop into an internationally famous place for Chinese history and culture studies and a research base for the world’s young Sinologists, and one of the important bases for international Chinese language teaching and research.

On behalf of PolyU President Timothy W. Tong, Prof. Philip C.H. Chan delivered a speech to encourage the institute to promote their academic level and strengthen their teaching quality under the impetus of the research centres so as to make further contributions to the Confucius Institute Headquarters’ implementation of its planning theme – the integration of Confucius Institutes into host universities and local communities, and the “Confucius China Study Plan”.

After that, all officiating guests unveiled the two research centres. Prof. Philip C.H. Chan and Deputy Director-General Ma Jianfei respectively presented the Certificates of Appointment to Prof. Chan Shui-duen and Prof. Chu Hung-lam, which marked the official commencement of operation of the two research centres.

After the opening ceremony, the launching ceremony of the “Distinguished Lecture Series on Chinese Culture and Religion” was also held.

The inaugural lecture of the “Distinguished Lecture Series on Chinese Culture and Religion” was held on PolyU campus at 5:00 pm. This special lecture of “Confucianism and Contemporary China” presided over by Prof. Chen Lai attracted more than 100 audience members.

The CIHK was founded in 2005, authorized by Hanban and undertaken by PolyU. As the only Confucius Institute in Hong Kong, it was officially inaugurated in 2006.

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