Liu Yandong Holds Roundtable with Representatives of Confucius Institutes from CEE Countries at University of Zagreb

[Source] [Time]    2014-06-23 14:38:05 

Later, Liu Yandong held roundtable discussions with a total of over 20 representatives of rectors, Confucius Institute directors and sinologists from 14 universities of 11 Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. Academician of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute of Chemistry of Eötvös Loránd University Ferenc Hudecz, Director of the Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University Hamar Imre, Rector of Lithuanian Vilnius University Prof. Jūras Banys and Director of its Confucius Institute Vytis Silius, Rector of Romanian Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu Prof. eng. Constantin OPREAN, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest Luminita Balan, Vice Rector of Bulgarian Sofia University Albena Chavdarova, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Latvia Pēteris Pildegovics and Director of the Confucius Institute in Belgrade Radosav Pušić respectively offered their own opinions and suggestions on the running of Confucius Institutes.

Prof. Jūras Banys said that the Lithuanian people feel a deep bond with the Confucius Institute, which seems merely a small bridge but has started and promoted Lithuania’s comprehensive educational, cultural, political, business and economic exchanges and cooperation with China. Constantine said that the Confucius Institute has helped complete the Chinese language teaching system in Romania (from fundamental courses in primary schools to college undergraduate programs) and has become increasingly popular among the Romanian people. He added that the Confucius Institute has already overtaken the Goethe Institute and the Cervantes Institute in terms of the local influence, and that students and local community residents can not only learn Chinese language and culture at the Confucius Institute but also get to know the success of China’s development path and systems from the Chinese teachers and volunteers. Albena remarked that Sofia University has determined to turn its Confucius Institute into a perfect model among all the Confucius Institutes across the world, and to attain this goal, the university has designated a land of 2,000-plus square meters as the specialized teaching area for its Confucius Institute. Luminita Balan said that the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest has translated not only a series of Chinese classics such as Chuang-Tzu (also known as The Book of Chuang-Tzu) and Hsun-Tzu but also contemporary Chinese literary works. For example, Red Sorghum Clan by Mo Yan has been timely translated while the “Mo Yan Fever” is sweeping across Romania. Sinologist Pēteris Pildegovics, 76, excitedly said that instead of being a retired “veteran cadre” who kills time only by playing mahjong, he had spent eight years compiling a Chinese-Latvian Dictionary and presented it to Liu Yandong as a gift. Serbian sinologist Radosav Pušić remarked that philosophy should be universal truth, but philosophy in the East is actually different from that in the West. He believes that the reason lies in the fact that easterners and westerners perceive the world from different angles and that they focus on different parts of the world. Therefore, he said that the mission of the Confucius Institute is to integrate eastern philosophy with western philosophy and make them complete each other through a comparative study between these two philosophical systems, and thus to find the universal philosophical spirit that combines world wisdom and world civilizations. Hamar Imre reported that with the support of the Hungarian and Chinese governments, the Confucius Institute at Eötvös Loránd University has set up a local Chinese language teacher training center for teachers in CEE countries and launched Master’s programs in Chinese language teaching in the Department of Chinese. Ferenc Hudecz said that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Confucius Institutes and therefore Confucius Institutes all over the world are holding various celebrations, adding that they are all looking forward to the coming of September 27 -- the very first “Confucius Institute Day” in the world, which he believes will greatly expand the social influence and recognition of Confucius Institutes.

Representatives of CEEC Confucius Institutes and sinologists

Luminita Balan, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest, delivering a speech at the roundtable

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