Madam Xu Lin: Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco might be developed into a Model Confucius Institute in Brazil
RECIFE, July 18 (Xinhua) — Madam Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban, who is visiting the Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, said on July 19，2014 that Hanban is considering developing the Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco into a regional model.
Madam Xu said that the economic and political exchanges between China and Brazil are getting increasingly close. Brazil is strongly interested in China and more and more Brazilians hope to further understand China through learning Chinese language.
Madam Xu said that so far Hanban has established ten Confucius Institutes and two Confucius Classrooms in Brazil. On July 17, 2014, Confucius Institute Headquarters signed agreements with the State University of Campinas, the Federal University of Pará, and the Federal University of Ceará to co-establish Confucius Institutes. According to the agreements, three new Confucius Institutes will open in Brazil this year and next, which however, are far from enough to meet the demand in Brazil. Right now, there are a dozen Brazilian universities that hope to establish Confucius Institutes with Chinese partners.
Carlos Fernando de Araújo Calado, Rector of the University of Pernambuco, said that the Confucius Institute not only provides Brazilian students with first-class Chinese education, but also serves as a platform for rich and diversified cultural exchanges between Brazil and China. The University of Pernambuco hopes to make joint efforts with its Chinese partner on running the Confucius Institute well and developing it into an outstanding Confucius Institute in Brazil. Now the University of Pernambuco is building a new campus for the Confucius Institute.
After visiting the newly selected site of the Confucius Institute, Madam Xu remarked that Recife is an important traffic hub with a beautiful natural environment in northeastern Brazil, and people there have great enthusiasm in learning Chinese. With the strong support from the University of Pernambuco as well as the excellent director and teachers provided by the Central University of Finance and Economics (China), the Confucius Institute, since its establishment last November, has enrolled more than 80 students in only half a year. The Institute has great development potential in the future, and thus Confucius Institute Headquarters is considering developing it into a Model Confucius Institute.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Pernambuco, the first one in northeastern Brazil, was co-founded by the Central University of Finance and Economics and the University of Pernambuco on November 26, 2013.
by Wang Zhengrun