The Workshop of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Convened in Guiyang

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2013-08-01 17:02:28 

Guiyang, July 28th, 2013 - The workshop of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters was convened in Guiyang. Mr. Li Jun, Vice Secretary of the Guizhou CPC Provincial Committee; Mr. Zhao Qizheng, dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at Renmin University of China, the former chief of the State Council Information Office; Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Director-General of Hanban; Mr. Li Zaiyong, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Guiyang Municipal Committee and Mayor of Guiyang City attended the workshop and delivered speeches.

In his speech, Mr. Li Jun thanked Confucius Institute Headquarters for organizing the workshop in Guiyang. He said that an important reason for holding the workshop in Guiyang was that Guiyang has got the Hall of Confucius Study. The Study is more a school than a “temple”, which mainly serves as a venue for lectures, research, and training. And the purpose of the Hall of Confucius Study is not to restore the ancient ways but to revive and pass on the elements of the outstanding traditional Chinese culture under new historical circumstances, and to help realize the “China Dream”. He hopes friends from various countries often come to Guizhou, offering their care and help to the Hall of Confucius Study in Guiyang, which makes greater contribution in promoting traditional Chinese culture.

Madam Xu Lin pointed out that Confucius Institutes are flourishing and warmly welcomed in various countries, and have been in a new phase of development. Improving the quality of management, upgrading training for local Chinese language teachers, and implementing the Confucius China Study Plan are the basis for the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, which enables the pursuit of development on a higher level, helps to integrate into foreign universities and local communities, and better serves the demands of the world in learning Chinese language and culture.

During the opening ceremony, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Guiyang municipal government jointly signed a framework agreement for strategic cooperation.

During the conference, Mr. Zhao Qizheng gave a lecture about the differences and similarities of Chinese and foreign cultures, and the Chinese and foreign discourse systems. Representatives from countries including the U.S., the UK, Germany, Spain, Australia, Kenya, Brazil, and Chile made discussions and exchanged views about how the Confucius Institute can better integrate into foreign universities, better serve the public of various countries, increase its influence, and they offered advice on how the Confucius Institute could maintain a sustainable development as well.