High-speed Railway, Online Shopping and Drone
—What Are Students of World’s First Scientific and Technological Confucius Institute Talking About?

[Source]    Northeastern University [Time]    2018-03-26 09:39:01 
 

Three-year Efforts Have Reaped Fruitful Results

In front of the camera, one after another handsome boys and girls talked about China’s “new four great innovations”: high-speed railways, electronic payments, shared bicycles and online shopping with the host in fluent Chinese. They won praise from the judges and continuous applause from the audience for their clear expression, accurate pronunciation and confident eyes.


Venue of the “Belt and Road” third youth scientific and technological translation competition

This is the excellent clip of the youth scientific and technological translation competition at the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology at Belarusian National Technical University, more than 50 participants from Belarus, China, Russia, and Ukraine successfully completed the task of simultaneous interpretation without any manuscript preparation.

The Confucius Institute of Science and Technology at Belarusian National Technical University is the only of its kind founded by the Belarusian National Technical University and Northeastern University of China. At the beginning of the establishment of the institute, the two universities decided to jointly create a Confucius Institute featuring science and technology exchanges, with the common pursuit of scientific and technological innovation and a common sense of mission for strengthening the technological and cultural exchanges between China and Belarus, so as to contribute to the scientific and technological development and talent training of both countries.

Training Talents Is Original Intention

Both Northeastern University and the Belarusian National Technical University are universities based mainly on science and engineering. In the course of years of development, they have formed university characteristics based on cooperation in production, study and research. Northeastern University has founded China’s first university scientific park, hatched and freed high-tech industries such as Neusoft Group. Belarusian National Technical University also has its own university scientific and technological park, which is an important support for the China-Belarus Industrial Park. It has become the consensus of the two universities to utilize the advantages of science and technology and cultivate Chinese and Western outstanding scientific and technological talents to benefit the peoples of the two countries—this is where the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology at Belarusian National Technical University has taken its root.

In order to highlight the institute’s scientific and technological features, Northeastern University pays special attention to introducing China’s brilliant ancient scientific and technological civilization and modern scientific and technological achievements while promoting the achievements of Chinese culture and China’s development. It also attaches great importance to organizing activities with scientific and technological features to promote cooperation and exchanges in the field of science and technology of the two countries.


In 2014, unveiling of the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology at Belarusian National Technical University

At the unveiling ceremony of the Confucius Institute, Northeastern University held the “Chinese Ancient Porcelain Culture and Technology Exhibition” at the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology, displaying 18 well-designed exhibition boards, 14 imitations of ancient Chinese porcelain and videos from the Capital of Porcelain Jingde Town, which enabled people of Belarus to understand the exquisite techniques of ancient porcelain making in China and appreciate the Chinese civilization.


Participants visiting Great Stone China-Belarus Industrial Park at the Fourth China-Belarus Youth Innovation Forum

Anatoli Tozik, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus attended the unveiling ceremony, and hoped that the Confucius Institute would become a model and bridge for China-Belarus scientific and technological cooperation and exchange and would provide scientific and technological talents for large-scale cooperative projects such as the China-Belarus Industrial Park so as to inject new impetus into the scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries and bring benefits the people in both countries.

Strengthen Characteristics and Attach Importance to Development

As a Confucius Institute featuring science and technology, Chinese teaching in science and technology is obviously the biggest highlight of the institute. The Confucius Institute has developed a syllabus and an overall goal, and has set up the only “Science and Technology Chinese Class” in Belarus for five consecutive semesters. The institute also serves Chinese and foreign companies by providing scientific and technical personnel training for China-Belarus Industrial Park and jointly organizing technological and cultural activities.


First China-Belarus Youth Robot Competition

Since its founding, the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology has organized a series of cultural and technological activities such as China-Belarus Life and Health High-end Forum, China-Belarus Youth Innovation Forum and China-Belarus Youth Robot Competition, which have enhanced the scientific and technological exchanges and practical cooperation between China and Belarus and promoted scientific and technological talent training in both countries. The Youth Scientific and Technological Translation Competition has been held for three times. It has selected and reserved a number of outstanding translators for the development of Chinese-funded enterprises in Belarus, and particularly for the development of the “Great Stone” China-Belarus Industrial Park.

Fan Di, a Chinese teacher who has worked at the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology for more than a year, witnessed the development of the Confucius Institute. “Through the organization of various scientific and technological activities, the influence of the Confucius Institute has been continuously enhanced. Many Belarusian young people have signed up at the Confucius Institute to learn Chinese and understand China’s science and technology. Some young Ukrainian and Russian youths from the China-Belarus Industrial Park also signed up for it, all of which embody the importance of the institute,” said Fan Di.

Culture Promotes Communication

It is the mission of the Confucius Institute to extend Chinese language teaching and disseminate Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute of Science and Technology naturally takes the development of Chinese teaching and cultural communication as its priority. After three years of development, the institute has become an important window for Belarusian people to understand Chinese culture and technology and an exchange platform for deepening cooperation and friendship between the two countries.

In 2015, the institute displayed the splendid history of the Chinese scientific and technological civilization and the advanced international leading science and technology such as aerospace, high-speed railway, drone and so on through textual descriptions and miniature models, which attracted a lot of attention from Belarusian visitors.


Student showing Chinese calligraphy

In 2016, Professor Zhu Li from the Art School of Northeastern University opened a “Chinese Calligraphy Lecture” at the Belarus National Technical University and showed superb Chinese calligraphy skills to the Belarusian university students at the scene.


Teachers of the Confucius Institute showing Chinese tea arts at the Belarus “Happy Spring Festival” activity

During the Spring Festival of 2017, the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology entered the social service center in the Moscow District of Minsk to provide community service activities. Through methods such as introducing the Chinese Spring Festival customs, playing Chinese films, teaching simple Chinese characters, and organizing experience classes such as calligraphy, paper cutting, tea art, and painting Beijing Opera masks, local youths and children were able to enjoy a feast of Chinese cultural...


Teachers of the Confucius Institute showing typography to visitors at the 950th anniversary of the establishment of Minsk

At the grand celebration of the 950th anniversary of the establishment of Minsk, the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology provided local residents with experience activities such as Chinese calligraphy, painting, martial arts, tea art, ancient printing, cuisine, etc., adding exotic flavor to the celebration. Franz, a student at the Confucius Institute, said, “I have been studying Chinese for more than a year. Through school activities, I have fallen in love with China and Chinese culture. I hope I have the opportunity to study in China and truly experience Chinese culture.”

Rapid Development Becomes a Bridge

In the past three years, the Confucius Institute has participated in the “Open Day” of the university for six times. Every time, nearly 1,000 people participated in the activity, greatly stimulating the students’ interest in learning Chinese, understanding China and studying in China.


Students practicing calligraphy at the Confucius Institute’s classroom

The rapid development of the Confucius Institute at the Belarus National Technical University has attracted the attention from other universities and high schools, and they have called for the establishment of teaching sites and Chinese teaching one after another. Up to now, the institute has established 10 teaching sites and made positive contributions to promoting Chinese teaching in Belarus. The institute is also negotiating with the Economics Research Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Vitebsk State University to establish new teaching sites. The single spark of the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology at Belarusian National Technical University started a “prairie fire” in Belarus

With technology as its frame and culture as its spirit, the Confucius Institute of Science and Technology featuring distinctive technology and strong cultural atmosphere, has become a model of China-Belarus scientific and technological cooperation and exchange and built a bridge for the friendship between China and Belarus.

 
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