The 10th Confucius Institute Conference to be held in Shanghai soon
At the press conference held in Shanghai on the morning of December 3, Confucius Institute Headquarters announced that the 10th Confucius Institute Conference would be held on 6-7 December 2015 at the Shanghai Expo Center. The theme of the conference is “Cater to New Demand and Push for Integration”. The conference is co-hosted by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, organized by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and East China Normal University, and co-organized by Fudan University, Shanghai International Studies University, and Shanghai University. A total of 2,300 people will attend the conference including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes from 134 countries and regions, envoys from foreign embassies in China, as well as representatives of related Chinese partners and enterprises.
Scheduled on the morning of December 6, the opening ceremony will be chaired by Mr. Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education and Vice-Chairman of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters. Madam Liu Yandong, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Premier of P. R. China and Chair of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters, will attend and deliver a keynote speech. At the opening ceremony, 2015 “Confucius Institute of the Year”, “Confucius Classroom of the Year”, “Outstanding Confucius Institute Chinese Partner”, and “Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award” will be presented; certificates will be issued to the Model Confucius Institutes; and the establishment of the Global Alumni Association of Confucius Institute will be announced. Before the opening ceremony, Vice Premier Liu Yandong will also chair the meeting of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters.
A series of activities will be held during the conference, including a total of 18 Presidents’ Forums and Directors’ Forums and the Confucius Institute Chinese Language Teaching Resource Exhibition. Participants will have in-depth discussions on various topics, including the new demands of local people on Confucius Institutes, the formulation of the next five-year development plan, the better service of Confucius Institutes to “the Belt and Road” Initiative, further cooperation between Chinese and foreign universities, and the promotion of interconnections between Chinese and foreign cultures.
The year of 2015 is a new start for the next ten-year-development of Confucius Institutes. With the joint efforts of Chinese and foreign parties, Confucius Institutes have made substantial progress. The first three-year tasks in the Confucius Institute Development Plan (2012-2020) have been fully completed. Up to now, 500 Confucius Institutes have been established around the world, and the number of Confucius Classrooms at primary and secondary schools has reached 1,000. The total number of students has reached 1.9 million. The host universities have generally carried out operating and financial audit of Confucius Institutes and reported detailed information about their operation, thus deepening local people’s understanding of Confucius Institutes. More than 40 Confucius Institutes have spontaneously established alumni associations and clubs.
During his state visit to the UK in October this year, President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the UK Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms Annual Conference in London and pointed out in the speech that “Confucius Institutes serve as important platforms to help the world know China”. President Xi also acknowledged that “the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms have played an active role in facilitating people around the world to learn the Chinese language and understand its culture. In addition, they have also made important contributions to China’s people-to-people exchanges with the world, as well as the development of a diverse and colorful world civilization”. The 10th Confucius Institute Conference will implement the spirit of the President’s speech and open a new chapter in the development of Confucius Institutes.
The Confucius Institute Conference, also known as the “Davos of Education”, is a grand annual meeting of Confucius Institutes around the world and has been successfully held for nine years. The Conference aims to sum up experience, enhance exchanges, strengthen cooperation, and promote the healthy and sustainable development of Confucius Institutes as well as cultural exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations.