The first “Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road” established in Thailand

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2015-07-06 14:41:45 
 

On the morning of June 24th, the “Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road” jointly applied by 27 educational institutions in Thailand was established and its inauguration ceremony was launched in Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU). Over 600 representatives from various circles attended the ceremony, including Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, Master Phraprommangkalachan, President of Romchatra Foundation, Thailand, Lieutenant General Surachet Chaiwong, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education in Thailand, Ning Fukui, Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Varakorn Samakoses, President of Dhurakij Pundit University and Zhong Yinghua, Vice President of Tianjin Normal University.

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At 10 a.m., the auditorium of Dhurakij Pundit University was already decorated with lights and festoons. Students from the Confucius Classroom at Traimit Wittayalai High School pounded on drums and gongs and performed Chinese lion dance, expressing the warmest welcome to the guests. Students from the Culture Center in Dhurakij Pundit University gave a traditional Thai blessing dance Nattasin, and those from the Confucius Classroom at Rayong Wittayakorm School performed a Chinese dance Thousand-Hand Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. Later, President Varakorn, Ambassador Ning Fukui, Vice Minister Surachet, President Phraprommangkalachan and Madam Xu Lin gave speeches respectively and then inaugurated the Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road together.

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Phraprommangkalachan said in his speech that, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiation of “One Belt and One Road” diplomatic strategy embodies a great contribution China makes to world peace and to the mutual development of neighboring countries. The year of 2015 marks the starting point of ASEAN Integration and also the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand. The establishment of the Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road aims to better develop and advance the Chinese language education in Thailand as a pivot on the Maritime Silk Road and to facilitate exchanges between China and Thailand in all fields.

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Madam Xu Lin pointed out that, China and Thailand are blessed with geographical proximity, blood relationship and cultural affinity, so the two countries have always been trustworthy great neighbors, partners and friends to each other. The cooperation between China and Thailand in fields like politics, economy, culture and education has developed in a fast and sustainable way. The intimacy of the two companions has taken deep roots in the heart of people, and has become even stronger than before. In order to respond to the cooperation proposal of “Maritime Silk Road in the 21st Century” and to promote exchanges between China and Thailand on education and culture, Hanban initiated a cooperation scheme with Master Phraprommangkalachan last April. According to that, Dhurakij Pundit University and Tianjin Normal University led and organized the preparation of Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road. By far, there are in all 124 Confucius Institutes along the route of “One Belt and One Road”. The Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road is the 125th one and also the only one named after it. It is believed that the Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road will bring the driving force to all the Confucius Institutes of nations along “One Belt and One Road” and set up a new prototype and model for Confucius Institutes all over the world.

At present, there are 14 Confucius Institutes and 18 Confucius Classrooms in Thailand, and the number of Chinese learners has exceeded 850,000. The Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road will focus on local Chinese language teacher training and higher vocational and technical education training in Bangkok and its neighboring areas.

 
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