2015 Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters convened in Qufu, Shandong
On July 31st, the 2015 Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters was convened in Qufu, Shandong Province and was attended by 22 council members, honorary council members and senior consultants from 12 countries. Mr. Guo Shuqing, Governor of Shandong Province, met with the delegates, and Mr. Ji Xiangqi, Vice-Governor of Shandong Province, and Mr. Ma Pingchang, Secretary of CPC Jining Municipal Committee, attended the event and delivered their speeches. At the roundtable, Prof. Roger T．Ames from University of Hawaii at Manoa gave a lecture entitled Confucian China in a Changing World Cultural Order. Mdm. Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, presided over the roundtable and delivered a keynote speech.
At the roundtable
In his speech, Vice-Governor Ji Xiangqi expressed his gratitude to Confucius Institute Headquarters for establishing the Experience Center in Qufu and extended his welcome to teachers and students of CI host universities who came to visit Qufu and experience Chinese culture there.
While addressing the event, Mdm. Xu Lin observed that the Confucius Institute will further strengthen the cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world by inviting experts and scholars of CI host universities to offer lectures in China and introduce diverse cultures of different countries. She also said that the Confucius Institute will offer opportunities for student art troupes of Chinese and foreign universities to visit each other, so as to promote the understanding and friendship between young people of both sides.
At the conference, delegates had heated discussions on various issues like the formulation of The Development Plan of Confucius Institute 2016-2020, improvement of partner institutions in China and establishment of the Confucius Institute Alumni Association. They all agreed that given the remarkable accomplishments by the Confucius Institute in the past 10 years, it should continue to expand its scale in the future, but more significance should be attached to better education quality, higher management efficiency, and further integration into host universities and local communities, so as to make greater contributions to promoting cultural and people-to-people exchange between China the rest of the world.
To date, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has established a total of 491 Confucius Institutes and over 900 Confucius Classrooms in 133 countries and regions across the globe.