2nd Annual Confucius Forum on China Studies and Research held at the Confucius Institute at Carleton University, Canada

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Carleton University [Time]    2014-10-29 15:26:02 

Recently, the Second Annual Confucius Forum on China Studies and Research was held at the Confucius Institute at Carleton University, Canada, attendees including experts and scholars from the University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa, the University of Western Ontario, Carleton University, Beijing Normal University, Nankai University and Central China Normal University, as well as representatives of the World Bank, Canadian government, Canadian private sectors and the Canada-China Friendship Society and local citizens of Ottawa.

A speaker addressing the Second Annual Confucius Forum on China Studies and Research

Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President of Carleton University, quoted in her address a famous remark from The Analects of Confucius “Isn’t it a pleasure to have friends coming from afar” to extend her heart-felt welcome to all the scholars and experts present from China, the US and Canada. She noted that this forum would certainly promote academic exchange of views on China Studies between Carleton University and Chinese universities.

Professor MacIntosh from the University of Alberta gave a keynote speech about the impact of China’s economic development on Canada, in which he comprehensively introduced the status quo of China’s economic growth and elaborated on the positive influence on such areas in Canada as industry, agriculture, trade and education. He pointed out that Canada should increase economic cooperation with China so as to accelerate its own economic growth. Professor Shi Xuehua from Beijing Normal University delivered a keynote speech about China’s political development since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. He firstly explained in detail the changes caused by China’s comprehensive reforms and the achievements of China’s economic system reform such as the establishment of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, and then shared his vision of China’s new development objectives to be put forward in the 19th CPC National Congress. Both professors answered questions from the audience after their speeches.

In the afternoon, the discussions continued in three breakout panel sessions. In the session with the theme of Chinese culture, scholars respectively introduced their researches and exchanged perspectives on the relationship between Heaven and man, the developmental trend of contemporary Chinese literature, the growth of China’s cultural creative industry, the latest digital animation technology and the experience of Chinese culture; in the session where China’s economy was the topic, Chinese and foreign professors held in-depth discussions over the internationalization of China’s economic development, trade costs, the development history and direction of China’s economy and so forth; and in the session with urbanization in China as the focus, experts explored China’s urbanization with Canada’s current conditions as reference.

An exhibition of calligraphy artworks from the China Academy of Art

To highlight the theme of Chinese culture of this forum, a three-day exhibition of calligraphy artworks from the China Academy of Art was held. It was open to faculty members and students at Carleton University as well as citizens of Ottawa, and it offered live calligraphy presentations by teachers and students of the China Academy of Art.

A large number of people, experts and scholars included, said that they have learned a great deal in this forum and expressed their hope that the Confucius Institute at Carleton University would organize follow-up discussions on these themes. The Confucius Institute at Carleton University will build a platform for research on New Sinology and China Studies and facilitate exchanges between Chinese and Canadian scholars and students via close collaboration with local experts and Chinese partner universities and experts, so as to enhance mutual understanding and expand cooperation between the two countries.


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