2014 Joint Conference of Australian Confucius Institutes held in Sydney, Australia

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2014-10-16 15:17:16 

The two-day 2014 Joint Conference of Australian Confucius Institutes opened in Sydney on the morning of September 4. The purpose of the conference is to achieve the win-win collaboration among different Confucius Institutes by establishing the Australian Association of Confucius Institutes.

The conference, fully supported by Hanban, set the precedent that all Confucius Institutes across Australia gathered together to discuss about the agenda under the leadership of a regional Confucius Institute – the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Madam Fiona Docherty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, delivered a welcome speech at the conference. She reviewed the growth process of Confucius Institutes in Australia and stressed that the theme of the conference was to realize the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes and keep expanding the international influence of Chinese language teaching. The sustainable development is what Hanban expects from Confucius Institutes and also the only way to glory.

Mr. Wang Yongli, Deputy Director General of Hanban and Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, made an in-depth analysis of the basic framework for the development of Confucius Institutes. He emphasized that Confucius Institutes should keep pace with the times, be realistic and pragmatic, overcome challenges, and advocate academic freedom in accordance with the realities of different areas.

Mr. Wang said, “Along with the development of Confucius Institutes, the role of Hanban changed from the leader of regional conferences to the organizer of the worldwide Confucius Institute network. To push the Confucius Institutes in various areas to the front line of education and research would greatly improve their quality, image and brand figure. The joint conference held independently by regional Confucius Institutes would result in more direct cooperation among different Institutes and more efficient sharing of resources.

Mr. Li Huaxin, Consul General of the P.R. China in Sydney, attended the conference and expressed his sincere gratitude and best wishes to Australian governments and educational institutions at all levels for their hard work to make possible the sound development of Confucius Institutes in Australia. He hoped that this conference would further deepen the development of China’s foreign trade and promote the spread of Chinese culture.

The 2014 Joint Conference of Australian Confucius Institutes is the sixth official regional conference co-organized by Hanban and will end on September 5, 2014.

by Tang Ming and Li Bing

SYDNEY, Xinhuanet, September 4, 2014


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