2018 Second In-Service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors Holds in Xiamen

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-10-19 13:07:09 
 

On October 15th, 2018 Second In-Service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and Xiamen University was held in Xiamen. Forty-seven foreign directors of Confucius Institutes from 33 countries on five continents participated in the Workshop. Yu Yunfeng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, and Yang Bin, Vice President of Xiamen University, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech. Kelly Smith, Vice-chancellor of La Trobe University in Australia, spoke on behalf of foreign directors.

Vice President Yang Bin, on behalf of Xiamen University, extended a warm welcome to foreign directors who had come from afar. He introduced Xiamen University’s achievements in the construction and development of the Confucius Institute and stressed that Xiamen University will give full play to its characteristics and advantages and continue to attach importance to and support the Confucius Institute and the international promotion of Chinese language as always.


Yang Bin, Vice President of Xiamen University delivering a speech

Kelly Smith introduced the development experience of the Confucius Institute at LaTrobe University with his own work experience, and illustrated that the Confucius Institute played an important role in strengthening the folk communication through the example of the Confucius Institute promoting economic and trade exchanges between Melbourne and Chongqing.


Kelly Smith, Vice-chancellor of La Trobe University in Australia, delivering a speech on behalf of directors

Deputy Director-General Yu Yunfeng pointed out in his speech that the director is the key to the success of the Confucius Institute, and the Confucius Institute Headquarters has always attached great importance to the construction of the director team of the Confucius Institute. He hopes that, through this study, directors will better understand the purpose of running the Confucius Institute and their duties, improve their abilities to do well the work of the Confucius Institute and find a correct position for the Confucius Institute to set up its own characteristics and maintain good quality.


Yu Yunfeng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, delivering a speech

After the opening ceremony, Yu Yunfeng gave a special lecture entitled “Reform and Development of Confucius Institute in the New Era”. He said that the Confucius Institute, for the past 15 years, has always insisted on enhancing cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries, encouraging common feelings among people and promoting friendly relations among countries. It has always adhered to openness and inclusiveness, Sino-foreign cooperation, and achieved win-win results on the basis of equal cooperation. It has been committed to adjusting measures according to local conditions, seeking truth from facts and achieving characteristic development. It has been committed to initiatively adapting to the needs and helping local schools and communities to enhance their contacts with China. In the new historical period, the Confucius Institute should strengthen the construction of connotation, specialization, digitalization, specialization, localization, coordination and assimilation to achieve sustainable, high-quality and healthy development so as to play a greater role in promoting friendly relations and cooperation and exchanges between two countries, and to contribute to the construction of a community of shared future for mankind.


2018 Second In-Service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors in Xiamen

On the afternoon of the same day, directors held a discussion on the “Construction of Digital Confucius Institute” to exchange experiences and make suggestions to the Headquarters. They also visited the 4th China College Students’ “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Exhibition, which is being held at Xiamen University, and were invited to attend the 4th China College Students’ “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition Award Party.