Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters convened in Urumqi, Xinjiang

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2016-08-03 15:33:59 
 

On July 30th, the Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, hosted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was convened in Urumqi. Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, presided over the roundtable. Mr. Shohrat Zakir, Deputy Secretary of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, attended and addressed the event. 


Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, delivering a speech at the event

Speaking at the event, Mr. Shohrat Zakir extended his welcome to all the guests, experts and scholars on behalf of the CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regional Committee and the Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. He observed that Confucius Institutes nowadays have been established throughout the five continents, playing an important part in stimulating exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations as well as reinforcing mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese people and people of other countries. The implementation of the China-proposed initiative of building Silk Road Economic Belt provided a new historic opportunity for international Chinese language education and the development of Confucius Institutes. Mr. Zakir expressed his hope to share this opportunity with all the participants to jointly advance international Chinese language education and the development of Confucius Institutes to a new level.

In his speech, Mr. Zakir noted that the CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regional Committee and the Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region attached great importance to the development of Confucius Institutes. In 2009, with the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Mid-Asia Base of the International Promotion of Chinese Language was established in Xinjiang. Over the past seven years, Xinjiang has given full play to its geographic and cultural strengths and actively conducted cooperation in international Chinese language education and the development of Confucius Institutes with its adjacent countries and the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. To date, ten Confucius Institutes and 25 Confucius Classrooms have been set up in collaboration with colleges and universities in the six neighboring countries, greatly boosting the international influence of Xinjiang higher learning institutions. In the future, Xinjiang will push forward the building of a core area of the Silk Road Economic Belt, make good use of the unique resources and advantages of Xinjiang’s education and culture, endeavor to make it a center of science and education on the Silk Road Economic Belt and jointly accelerate the development of Confucius Institutes and international Chinese language education in conjunction with all parties.


Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, making her remarks at the event

While addressing the event, Madam Xu Lin pointed out that Xinjiang not only had been at the pivotal position on the Silk Road and a place where oriental and occidental cultures converged since ancient times, but also had become a core area and a demonstration area of the building of the “Belt and Road” Initiative at present. The Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters was held in Xinjiang for the first time, which highlighted the crucial role of Confucius Institutes in facilitating multicultural exchanges across the globe and people-to-people bond among people of all nations in the “Belt and Road” Initiative.

The primary aim of this Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters is to conduct studies and put forward the next five-year development indicators and policy measures in a bid to promote the sound and sustainable development of Confucius Institutes. Next, centering on the principle of “Consolidating Achievements and Improving Quality”, Confucius Institutes will further enhance education quality and management efficiency, fully respect the national conditions of various countries and their school-running autonomy, and promote the integration of Confucius Institutes into host universities and local communities, so as to offer better Chinese language teaching and cultural exchange services to people all over the world.


A group photo of the delegates

The roundtable was attended by over 50 Chinese and foreign delegates including council members of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, honorary council members, senior consultants and specially invited delegates from 15 countries as well as Arken Tuniyaz, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Vice Chairman of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Prior to the roundtable, Mr. Shohrat Zakir met with Chinese and foreign council members as well as delegates who came to attend the roundtable.