The 1st Conference held for Directors of Confucius Institutes in German-speaking regions
From July 9 to 11 (local time), the first Conference for the Directors of Confucius Institutes in German-speaking regions was held at the Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Altogether 40 people attended the conference, including Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director General of Hanban, Joachim Hornegger, President of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, and directors from 19 Confucius Institutes in German-speaking regions.
Prior to the conference, Deputy Director Ma Jianfei exchanged views with President Joachim Hornegger on the cooperation between Hanban and Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg in such areas as Chinese language teaching, Chinese language proficiency tests and the establishment of undergraduate programs in Chinese teaching. Ma Jianfei noted that Hanban would fully support the Department of Sinology of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg to set up the undergraduate program in Chinese teaching in the hope that the program could help train local Chinese language teachers.
At the opening ceremony, President Joachim Hornegger reviewed the Confucius Institute’s achievements over the past year and wished the conference a complete success. In his remarks, Deputy Director Ma Jianfei outlined the overall development status of Confucius Institutes in German-speaking regions, talked about the support from Hanban for the development of Confucius Institutes, and touched upon the prospect of future cooperation. He also mentioned The Constitution and By-laws of the Confucius Institute Alumni Association, hoping the directors could give their suggestions at the conference.
Deputy Director General of Hanban Ma Jianfei speaking at the conference
During the conference the attendees analyzed the current situation and challenges confronting Confucius Institutes, and identified a direction for their development in the following five years. Ren Guoqiang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Leipzig, talked about the difficulties and challenges in compiling the magazine “Confucius Institute” in three aspects – authors, translation and content, trying to seek possible solutions with the other directors present. The Confucius Institute in Hanover also discussed staff training, and the issues about staff’s tax and social insurance issues after they have been sent abroad.
Attendees of the conference
In addition, the directors held discussions on the forms, content of the cultural activities organized by Confucius Institutes. Xu Yan, German Director of the Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, believed that cultural activities should include two dimensions – classical and modern, and be tailored to the needs of local people by making use of local resources to become an indispensable part of local culture. The attendees also exchanged views and shared experiences on the issue of training local Chinese language teachers and Confucius Institute Headquarters “core teachers”.
By Shen Kebin