The Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Europe of 2013 is Convened in Italy

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2013-06-09 17:46:16 

On June 7th, the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Europe of 2013 was convened in the University of Bologna in Italy which is considered the “mother of European universities.” The former Italian Prime Minister, Prodi, the Italy’s Education Minister, Carrozza, the Chinese ambassador to Italy, Ding Wei, the President of the University of Bologna, Professor Ivano Dionigi, and the President of Renmin University of China, Chen Yulu and other honored guests attended the opening ceremony.

Presidents of universities and secondary schools, Chinese and foreign heads of 72 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms from 19 countries and regions in Europe, and leaders from some Chinese partner institutions gathered together, sharing their experience in school operation and discussing the development plan for Confucius Institutes.

Director-General of Hanban, Xu Lin delivered a speech.

Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director-General of Hanban, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. She spoke highly of the true enthusiasm and wisdom of all European partner institutions with profound cultural backgrounds in the process of developing the Confucius Institutes, and pointed out that Confucius Institute would be in collaboration with local schools and institutions in Europe to strengthen the study on Sinology, jointly cultivate talents, underline development characteristics of Confucius Institutes in different places, and emphasize the employment and cultivation of local teachers in European Confucius Institutes.

Carrozza in his speech mentioned that cultural exchange, promoted by Confucius Institutes, would play a fundamental role in reinforcing the Sino-Europe collaboration in the fields of science, technology, etc.

This conference lasts for 3 days. Later in group discussions, directors of Confucius Institutes will further discuss on how to implement development programs, create the cultural brand of Confucius Institutes, select core teachers, cultivate the local faculty, and fulfill the Confucius New Sinology Plan.

At present, Confucius Institute Headquarters has opened 420 Confucius Institutes and 591 Confucius Classrooms in 113 countries and regions. In 2012, the number of registered students at the Confucius Institute worldwide amounted to 655,000. There are 140 Confucius Institutes and 126 Confucius Classrooms in 35 European countries and regions, and the number of registered students in European Confucius Institutes is about 172,000, an increase of 79% over the figure of last year.