“Chinese Fever” heating up in Brazil——Brazilian Director visits Hubei Province
After attending the 11th Confucius Institute Conference and being awarded Advanced Confucius Institute, Luis Antonio Paulino, Brazilian Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Estadual Paulista visited Hubei University recently. He said that the “Chinese fever” is heating up in Brazil and more and more people are learning Chinese.
Over the last 12 years, 511 Confucius Institutes and 1,073 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 140 countries, which have not only become bridge builders for exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and foreign civilizations, but an important platform for the world to know China as well as for China to deepen friendship and cooperation with all countries. The Confucius Institute inaugurated by Hubei University and University of Estadual Paulista in 2008 has recruited more than 8,000 people all together, making it the largest Chinese teaching institute in Brazil and even in Latin America at large. The Confucius Institute has been awarded Advanced Confucius Institute three times respectively in 2010, 2012 and 2016.
"Confucius Institute has become a strong bond for China-Brazil cultural exchanges." Paulino introduced. The "Chinese fever" is heating up in Brazil, and Brazil has established the most Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in Latin America. There are 20,000 people registered in 10 Confucius Institutes and 4 primary and secondary Confucius Classrooms. Chinese has been incorporated in the official curriculum of many primary and secondary schools. More and more young people in China have also begun to learn Portuguese, and nearly 30 universities in China offer Portuguese courses. These have played an irreplaceable and important role in promoting the friendship between people of both countries.
"At present, more people in Brazil have taken an interest in the Chinese language, culture and development. Language study is a very important foundation." Prof. Paulino continued, “The blossom of exchanges in culture and education between the two countries offers solid evidence for the deepening of exchanges in politics and economy. The Brazilian people have realized that the "Chinese fever" is still heating up. ”
"Many Chinese companies want to invest in Brazil, and there are also a lot of Brazilian companies wish to explore the Chinese market, but these companies are worried about the language barrier." Prof. Paulino said, "Either in China or Brazil, there are only a few people who can actually master the two languages.” Realizing the importance of Chinese, Prof. Paulino encouraged Brazilian students in Hubei University to master Chinese, which will bring a bigger space for their own development.
So far, Hubei University and University of Estadual Paulista have carried out cooperation in Chinese teaching, personnel training, cultural exchanges and other aspects. Prof. Paulino introduced that along with the in-depth exchanges between China and Brazil, it is of greater significance to enhance cultural exchanges, academic research and others aspects besides the language learning.
The Brazilian side and the Hubei University also held the council meeting of the Confucius Institute in Hubei University and discussed on how to reinforce bilateral academic cooperation and others. Prof. Paulino said that Hubei University has traditional advantages in Latin American studies and also has its specialized institute, namely, the Institute of Latin American Studies. University of Estadual Paulista plans to establish a center of Chinese studies next year. Prof. Paulino noted that beefing up academic exchanges and cooperation on the basis of the center will be another direction of the Confucius Institute.
Prof. Paulino believes that with the proposal and implementation of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative and other strategies, bilateral exchanges and cooperation will be more frequent, and there will be more people learning Chinese in Brazil.
“Hubei University’s primary purpose of establishing the Confucius Institute at University of Estadual Paulista is to achieve equal emphasis on Chinese teaching and study in China, simultaneous development of culture exhibition and China-Brazil study as well as the integration between the Chinese charm and the Brazilian style. As the deepening of bilateral cooperation, these three goals have basically been realized.” said Prof. Li Xiangkun, Dean of the International College at Hubei University and the first Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Estadual Paulista.
Story by Wu Shan, Ye Niu
Photos by Wang Lijing, Li Xiaoyue
Hubei, Dec. 20, 2016 (Chinanews.com)