Nottingham Model Confucius Institute Unveils Nameplate

[Source]    Nottingham Confucius Institute [Time]    2017-09-19 15:56:05 
 

On September 6th local time, the unveiling ceremony of the Nottingham Model Confucius Institute was held at the auditorium of Trent Building of the University of Nottingham. Professor Sir David Greenaway, President of the University of Nottingham, Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Wang Yongli, Minister Counselor of Education at the Chinese Embassy in London, and Gui Yonghao, Vice President of Fudan University attended the unveiling ceremony. Chinese and foreign directors of more than 20 Confucius Institutes in the UK, Nottinghamshire governmental representatives, teachers and students of the University of Nottingham were present at the ceremony.


The unveiling ceremony

Professor Chris Rudd, Chairman of Nottingham Confucius Institute Council and Provost of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China reviewed the development of the Nottingham Confucius Institute in the past decade in his speech. He used a series of data to show the great achievements made by the institute in teaching Chinese, promoting Chinese culture, educational exchanges, especially in the pioneering work of developing many successful programs. Chris pointed out that the Nottingham Confucius Institute has become not only an important base for people in the central and eastern region of the UK to learn Chinese language, know about Chinese culture and conduct educational exchanges between China and the UK, but also an important bridge connecting the education between the two countries and even a high-speed train to the hearts of the two peoples since it is integrated into the global development idea of the University of Nottingham. He stated that the development of the Confucius Institute cannot be separated from the great support by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) as well as the hard work by the team of the institute. As the representative of the University of Nottingham, Professor Chris Rudd said that the University of Nottingham will support the development of the Confucius Institute as usual, hoping that the institute will continue to play the role of demonstration in the new stage.


Professor Chris Rudd delivering a speech

Gui Yonghao stressed in particular in his speech that the exchanges and cooperation in disciplines between Fudan University and the University of Nottingham are pragmatic and three-dimensional. Today the Nottingham Confucius Institute has become a model Confucius Institute in the world, which is an acknowledgement of the all-round cooperation mode between both sides, and also a motivation for closer cooperation in the future.


Gui Yonghao delivering a speech

Liu Xiaoming stated in his speech that under the leadership of Professor Sir David Greenaway, President of University of Nottingham, the university has been playing the functions of leading and demonstration in the educational exchanges between China and the UK all along, and the Nottingham Confucius Institute has won the honor of Global Model Confucius Institute. Liu Xiaoming pointed out the “Chinese Craze” continues to rise in the UK, and Chinese has become the first choice in learning foreign language for many local schools. Moreover, the local Spring Festival celebration in London and other areas of the UK also become a great annual event. After seven-year development, the number of Confucius Institutes and Confucius classrooms in the UK has jumped to 29 and over 140, from 13 and 57 respectively, ranking the first in Europe.


Liu Xiaoming delivering a speech

Since its establishment ten years ago, the Nottingham Confucius Institute has held over 250 meetings and seminars, as well as 328 Chinese culture experience activities. As of now, more than 7,000 university students have participated in the Chinese language and culture courses of the institute and over 8,000 middle and primary school students took part in the Chinese culture experience activities.

During this ceremony, Liu Xiaoming received the Nottingham's honorary doctorate of law, while Meng Jinrong, Chinese Director of the Nottingham Confucius Institute, was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Medal.

Story by Shen Zhuodan; photos by Chen Qian