2016 Joint Conference of Oceanian Confucius Institutes convened in Brisbane, Australia

[Source]    People.cn [Time]    2016-07-15 15:11:33 

At the 2016 Joint Conference of Oceanian Confucius Institutes

On July 10th, the 2016 Joint Conference of Oceanian Confucius Institutes, hosted by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, was held in the city of Brisbane, state of Queensland, Australia.

Guests attending and addressing the opening ceremony were Mr. Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland; Mr. Chen Li, Deputy Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Brisbane; Mr. Wang Yan, Deputy Director of the University Council at Tianjin University; Mr. Xu Xiao, Minister Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Australia; and Mr. Wang Yongli, Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director General of Hanban. A total of over 50 delegates, including Chinese and local directors (heads) of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in Oceania as well as the presidents of specially invited universities, attended the conference.

Taking the successful experience in developing the Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland as an example, President Peter Høj hailed that Confucius Institutes not only helped promote Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture, but also facilitated the intercollegiate cooperation between Chinese and other colleges and universities all over the world. In particular, Confucius Institutes played a crucial role in scientific collaboration and exchanges, contributing to the deeper and broader development of educational cooperation.

While addressing the event, Mr. Wang Yan noted that the Confucius Institute, jointly built by Tianjin University and the University of Queensland, helped include the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) into the certification system of high school graduation in the state of Queensland, which was of great significance to the development of overseas Chinese language teaching.

Minister Counsellor Xu Xiao stressed that with the further development of China’s reform and opening-up, the pace of China's economy and culture going global has been accelerated, thus Confucius Institutes coming into being. With their roots in China and fruits all over the world, Confucius Institutes not only greatly helped China go global, but also boosted Sino-foreign cooperation and exchanges, which would inevitably thrive and flourish.

Mr. Wang Yongli, Deputy Director General of Hanban, attending and addressing the opening ceremony

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Wang Yongli extended his great appreciation to Chinese and foreign parties for attaching great importance to and strongly supporting Confucius Institutes. He said, Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in Oceania witnessed vigorous development and made great achievements, having become an important platform for people from Oceania to know China. It also built a “spiritual express train” for interconnection between Chinese and Oceanian people.

This conference mainly consisted of four topics, namely, the next five-year plan for the development of Confucius Institutes, the training of indigenous Chinese language teachers at Confucius Institutes, management of Confucius Classrooms and volunteer Chinese teachers, and cooperation among Confucius Institutes, enterprises and social groups. By taking the form of case sharing and panel discussion, the delegates at the conference conducted heated and in-depth discussions centering on these topics. All delegates commended that this pragmatic, efficient and fruitful conference helped exchange experience and build consensus, which would play an important part in promoting Confucius Institutes to adapt to local conditions, facilitating their development with Chinese characteristics, further improving the education quality and ensuring sound and sustainable development.

It is learned that, to date, there have been a total of 506 Confucius Institutes and 1,007 Confucius Classrooms in 139 countries and regions around the world, with up to 1,900,000 registered students. Among them, 18 Confucius Institutes and 93 Confucius Classrooms have been established in five countries in Oceania.

By He Ji

SYDNEY, July 10th (People.cn)