Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in Thailand explore models of cooperation with Chinese enterprises

[Source] [Time]    2016-09-09 17:08:01 

On August 30th and 31st, the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes and Classrooms in Thailand was held in Khon Kaen. The year 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes in Thailand. Delegates attending this conference shared cases of current cooperation between Confucius Institutes and Chinese institutions, and explored means to create effective cooperative models to deepen cooperation between the two sides so as to advance the strategy of “going global” for both Chinese enterprises and Chinese culture. They also proposed valuable advice to promote the long-term and sustainable development of Confucius Institutes.

Mr. Zhou Gaoyu, First Secretary of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand addressing the opening ceremony on August 30th

This conference was hosted by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and organized by the Confucius Institute at Khon Kean University, Thailand. Over 50 delegates attended this conference, including Mr. Shao Xubo, Deputy Director of Division of Asian and African Confucius Institutes of Confucius Institute Headquarters; Dr. Pa Qia Kang, Consultant of the Office of Vocational Education Commission under the Ministry of Education of Thailand; Chinese and local directors of all 15 Confucius Institutes and 18 Confucius Classrooms; and representatives from Chinese institutions in Thailand.

At the conference, Mr. Wang Guibin, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Khon Kean University, shared with the delegates the successful experience in the jointly organizing “High-speed Railway Training Program” with Chinese universities and collaborating with the Khon Kean Branch of Bank of China to offer training to its Thai employees. According to Mr. Wang, the Confucius Institute has held the “High-speed Railway Training Program” for three consecutive times since 2015. In this program, after receiving Chinese language classes, participants can go to Chinese universities to attend training courses about high-speed railway technologies and work as interns in relevant enterprises. Some of them have been successfully employed by Chinese enterprises after graduation.

Mr. Wang also noted that they are looking for the prospective Chinese catering enterprises as partners to jointly offer a cultural course with “Chinese Kitchen” as its theme.

Several directors at the conference expressed their hope that more and more Chinese enterprises could provide a full range of financial, technical and other support for the development of Confucius Institutes, and the key among them is to establish an effective cooperative model. They also suggested that such platforms as the website or annual conference of Chinese-Thai Enterprise Association, alumni associations of Confucius Institutes and the journal Confucius Institute could be used to build a bridge between Confucius Institutes and Chinese enterprises for sharing information on employment opportunities and personnel reserve.

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Zhang Lei, Chairman of Chinese-Thai Enterprise Association, stressed that more than 200 Chinese enterprises of the association are willing to provide internship and employment opportunities to students of Confucius Institutes. Mr. Tan Denghua, Vice Chairman of the Association, said that, since many Chinese enterprises have an increasing demand for training their Thai employees, they hope to explore the possibility of establishing a mechanism to ask Confucius Institutes for training the local employees and deepen their sound cooperation in cultural exchanges and enterprises development.

Mr. Li Minggang, Chinese Consul General in Khon Kean, spoke very highly of the pioneering and enterprising spirit of Chinese and local directors and the hard work by Chinese and Thai teachers as well as volunteer teachers in the last ten years. In his speech at the event, Mr. Zhou Gaoyu mentioned some Confucius Institutes with unique features and strength in their teaching, such as the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University affiliated to the royal Thai government, the “Confucius Institute of Maritime Silk Road” covering over 20 educational institutions, as well as the Confucius Institute at Khon Kean University committed to Chinese language training in vocational education.

Mr. Zhou emphasized that Confucius Institutes in Thailand should continue its innovative endeavors from the new starting point after ten years of progress, further strengthen their work in vocational education and create new models to collaborate with Chinese institutions. Delegates of this conference all agreed that the comprehensive training programs covering both language and technical skills offered by Confucius Institutes and Chinese enterprises not only create more employment opportunities for Thai students to apply their knowledge to practice, but also prepare high quality talents for Chinese enterprises, which will certainly bring mutual benefits and a win-win situation to the cultural and educational exchanges and the development of economic and trade ties between China and Thailand.

During the two-day conference, delegates also conducted in-depth discussions on a variety of issues, including specific measures to improve the quality of Chinese language teaching at Confucius Institutes and the means for Confucius Classrooms to develop and use local resources so as to further expand cooperation.

Story by Li Ying & Ming Dajun; Photo by Li Ying

KHON KEAN, THAILAND, August 31st (Xinhuanet)



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