Confucius Institute Headquarters Experience Center settled in Confucius’ hometown Qufu, Shandong Province

[Source]    Chinanews [Time]    2014-10-20 16:32:17 
 

On the occasion of the 2565th anniversary of the birth of Confucius, the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Experience Center was held in Confucius’ hometown Qufu, Shandong Province.

Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions established by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (hereinafter referred to as Hanban), whose aim is to promote Chinese language, culture and Chinese Cultural Studies, facilitate cultural exchanges between China and other countries, and provide Chinese language learners with standard, authoritative modern Chinese language teaching materials as well as formal Chinese teaching services on a global scale.


Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, addressing the inauguration ceremony (Photographed by Huang Pinxuan)


Mr. Ji Xiangqi, Deputy Governor of Shandong Province, addressing the inauguration ceremony (Photographed by Huang Pinxuan)


Madam Xu Lin (R) and Mr. Ji Xiangqi (L) inaugurating the Confucius Institute Headquarters Experience Center (Photographed by Huang Pinxuan)

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, attended and addressed the ceremony. In her speech, Ms. Xu remarked that Confucius Institutes have been set up all over the world, and now the Headquarters would construct an experience center in Confucius’ birthplace Qufu. This year marks the 2565th birthday of Confucius and is also the 10th anniversary of the founding of Confucius Institutes. Over the past 10 years, the newly born Confucius Institutes have rapidly grown into a “spirited youth”, acting as a bridge that connects the Chinese and the rest of the world and a broad platform that promotes exchanges among different cultures, thus very well-received in a large number of countries. Moreover, part of their popularity lies in their name – Confucius Institutes are named after Confucius, a world-famous educator and thinker in ancient China.

Upon the Confucius Institute Headquarters Experience Center, Madam Xu said, “We hope that more foreigners will understand traditional Chinese values represented by Confucian thought such as ‘harmony is most precious’ and ‘harmony without uniformity’. Chinese culture is both extensive and profound. It is hoped that the Experience Center will tell stories about China and spread the voice of China as it is. As to the theoretical research and program development, we need to encourage the active participation of foreign experts and scholars and strengthen the openness, inclusiveness and internationality of the Center.”

Mr. Ji Xiangqi, Deputy Governor of Shandong Province, also delivered a speech at the ceremony. Mr. Ji said that as the birthplace of Confucius and Confucianism, Qufu is well-known as the “Home to Sage in the East”. Just like Confucius, Qufu has also become a cultural landmark in China on the map of world civilization. He pointed out that Confucius Institutes, with the objective of promoting Chinese language, traditional culture and Chinese Culture Studies worldwide, have played an important role in disseminating Confucius and Confucianism, promoting the “going out” of Chinese culture and facilitating exchanges and mutual learning among different peoples since their establishment in 2004.

Mr. Ji added that to settle the Experience Center in Qufu could help students better experience, inherit and carry forward traditional Chinese culture after their visiting the Confucian Temple, the Confucian Family Mansion and the Cemetery of Confucius.

On the same day, the China Confucius Foundation sent The Analects of Confucius in six languages as gifts to foreigners who attended the Confucius Memorial Ceremony in the Year of Jiawu (2014).

QUFU, Sept. 28 (Chinanews.com) by Li Xin, Huang Pinxuan

 
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