The 9th Confucius Institute Conference successfully closes

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2014-12-10 17:02:27 
 


The closing ceremony of the 9th Confucius Institute Conference held at Jiannan Hall of Xiamen University

On December 8, the closing ceremony of the 9th Confucius Institute Conference was successfully held at Jiannan Hall of Xiamen University, Xiamen City, Fujian Province in China.

At the ceremony, John L. Thornton, Senior Consultant of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, U.S.A. and Li Dongsheng, Founder, Chairman and CEO of TCL Corporation, P. R. China, respectively delivered lectures entitled “The State of the World and the Vital Nature of Your Work” and “Chinese Culture and the Development of TCL”, both of which were well received by the 4,000-plus audience present.

Madam Xu Lin, Member of CPPCC National Committee, Counsellor of the State Council of P. R. China, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, gave a concluding speech that offered clear responses to and explanations of the ten major issues concerning the development of the Confucius Institute put forward by delegates, who all applauded Madam Xu’s viewpoints after hearing her speech.

The two-day heated discussions during the conference helped the delegates reach broad consensus on the development objectives of the Confucius Institute in the coming decade and build confidence in the future.

A total of over 2,000 people attended this year’s conference, including directors of Confucius Institutes and presidents of the host universities from 126 countries and regions around the globe, representatives of the Chinese partner universities or institutions, the education departments (commissions) of related provinces (autonomous regions or municipalities), the Chinese embassies in foreign countries and the Chinese enterprises involved in the construction of Confucius Institutes as well as envoys from some foreign embassies in China.

To date, 475 Confucius Institutes and 851 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 126 different countries and regions worldwide with 3.45 million registered students in cumulative terms.


Madam Xu Lin, Member of CPPCC National Committee, Counsellor of the State Council of P. R. China, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, giving a concluding speech at the closing ceremony of the 9th Confucius Institute Conference


John L. Thornton, Senior Consultant of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, U.S.A., giving a lecture entitled “The State of the World and the Vital Nature of Your Work”


Li Dongsheng, Founder, Chairman and CEO of TCL Corporation, P. R. China, giving a lecture entitled “Chinese Culture and the Development of TCL”

 

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