Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Portugal and Spain Held in Confucius Institute at University of Lisbon

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon [Time]    2017-07-06 09:14:59 

On June 22nd, local time, the joint conference of Confucius Institutes in Portugal and Spain was held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. João Barreiros, Vice President of the University of Lisbon, Paulo Alberto, Dean of the College of Arts, and over 30 representatives from Hanban, Confucius Institutes and Classrooms of Portugal and Spain attended the conference.

On behalf of the university, João Barreiros expressed warm congratulations on the convening of the conference, and appreciated the efforts made by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Confucius Institute of Portugal and Spain in promoting Chinese education and cultural exchanges. He also wished the conference a complete success.

The representative of Hanban read the congratulatory letter from Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban. Ma Jianfei said that the Confucius Institutes in Portugal and Spain have become the “bridge builders” of the cultural exchanges between China and the Iberian Peninsula, and important windows for local people to know about China and Chinese culture. He believed that this conference would provide new ideas for a more characteristic development of the Confucius Institutes in Portugal and Spain, and play a positive role in further promoting regional cooperation and resource sharing among Confucius Institutes.

The conference venue

The main theme of the conference was “Brand Building and Characteristic Development of Confucius Institutes” with six sub-topics: “Brand Building and Characteristic Development”, “Improving the Quality of the Confucius Institutes”, “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Resource-Sharing of the Confucius Institutes”, “Relevant activities of the ‘Belt and Road’”, “Building an Orderly and Healthy HSK Market” and “Planning for Future Development”.

Representatives engaged in in-depth discussion on these topics. They shared successful experience of their respective Confucius Institutes, as well as proposed practical solutions to the existing problems and challenges.

A group photo

A meeting on HSK testing centers in Spain was also held during the conference. The representative of the Office of Policy Research of Hanban introduced the research work on the task of the Confucius Institute Headquarters titled “International Promotion on Confucius Institutes and Chinese Language” and detailed the application process of the task.