2015 In-service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors inaugurated at East China Normal University

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2015-07-15 14:12:40 

On July 12, the 1st In-service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors of 2015 was officially inaugurated at East China Normal University (ECNU). A total of 36 local directors of Confucius Institutes in 21 countries and regions, such as the U.S, Denmark, Israel, Sudan and New Zealand, attend this workshop, during which they will learn and experience Chinese culture, share their experience in managing Confucius Institutes, and discuss future development of the Confucius Institute. Guests attending the opening ceremony included Xu Jialu, Vice Chairman of the 9th and 10th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China; Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban; Su Ming, Director of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission; Tong Shijun, CPC Secretary of ECNU; and Jiang Feng, CPC Secretary of Shanghai Foreign Studies University. Mr. Ren Youqun, Deputy CPC Secretary and Vice-President of ECNU, presided over the opening ceremony.


Mdm. Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban, delivering her speech at the opening ceremony

While addressing the ceremony, Director General Mdm. Xu Lin pointed out that the key to sustainable development of the Confucius Institute is to meet local needs and interests and to develop distinctive features with the support from China’s partner universities. She said that this training workshop has three goals, namely, to exchange experience in managing Confucius Institutes, to communicate with staff of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and to experience the present-day China.

Mr. Tong Shijun said in his speech that the Confucius Institutes initiative is an important opportunity and necessary choice for Chinese institutions of higher learning to fulfill their own missions and make themselves more international.

Mr. Cédric Quennesson, Director of the Confucius Institute in Brittany, France, delivered a speech on behalf of all the local directors. He said that this workshop not only provides training, but also serves an opportunity to share experience and learn from each other. He expressed his willingness to conduct in-depth communication with other directors so as to provide more suggestions for the development of the Confucius Institute. He also held high expectations for this program and said that after 10 years of development of the Confucius Institute, it is of great necessity to establish a platform for mutual learning and problem solving.

During this 9-day workshop, the trainee directors will attend lectures given by renowned scholars and experts, and participate in a variety of cultural events. The courses are designed to address the practical issues that concern directors, covering a wide range of topics, such as Chinese folk culture, diplomacy, economy, cultural exchange between China and other countries, and traditional Chinese medicine. Seminars, field trips, and many other activities will be organized to help the directors better understand the current situation of China’s social, economic and cultural development and the development plans of the Confucius Institute.


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