2018 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in ROK Held in Seoul

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarter (Hanban) [Time]    2018-10-25 17:44:41 

On October 21st, the 2018 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in ROK was held in Yonsei University of Seoul in South Korea. Yu Yunfeng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban, Li Hong, Educational Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Korea, Hong Zhonghe, Vice President of Yonsei University and other guests attended the conference and delivered speeches. Nearly 70 Chinese and foreign representatives from five Confucius Classrooms and 23 Confucius Institutes in ROK also attended the conference.

At the opening ceremony, Hong Zhonghe first delivered his speech. He expressed that, after 14 years of development, ROK Confucius Institutes in ROK have played a positive role in carrying out Chinese language teaching, organizing cultural activities and promoting academic exchanges. He hoped that all Confucius Institutes would work together for common progress, achieve development with characteristics, improve teaching and researching capabilities, and make full efforts to creating the core competitiveness of Confucius Institutes themselves.

Hong Zhonghe delivering a speech

In his speech, Li Hong pointed out that China is the first destination for ROK students studying abroad and ROK is also the first destination for Chinese students studying abroad. ROK has the most students in the world sitting for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and the number of Confucius Institutes established in ROK is the largest in Asia, which fully show the achievements the two countries have made in educational exchanges and cooperation. In the future, cooperative universities of Confucius Institutes in China and ROK should strengthen communication and exchanges, advance consensus and cooperation, play a more important role in the cooperation in education, culture, economy, trade and other fields between the two countries, and together create a bright future for Confucius Institutes.

Li Hong delivering a speech

Yu Yunfeng expressed that the reason why Confucius Institutes could grow and develop constantly over the past 15 years was that they had always followed the six “adhere to”: adhere to take promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries and advancing international friendships as their own duty; adhere to take the initiative to adapt to local demands and firmly grasp development opportunities; adhere to the principle that Confucius Institutes are jointly built, managed and shared by both the Chinese and host institutions; adhere to make connotative development, constantly improve systems and mechanisms; strengthen scientific management and lift the quality in running the institutes; adhere to openness, inclusiveness, compatibility with local conditions as well as determination to reform, make innovation and achieve development with characteristics; adhere to integrate into the local areas, take root in the local areas and provide services to the local areas. He hoped that Confucius Institutes in ROK could become ever determined to make further exploration, reformation and innovation, make hard efforts to cultivate themselves, play a leading role in the development of Confucius Institutes at a new era, and make contributions to the development of the big family of Confucius Institutes.

Yu Yunfeng delivering a speech

At the conference, 8 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms, including the Confucius Institute at Cheju Halla College, the Confucius Institute at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the Confucius Institute at Woosong University, and the Rainbow Confucius Classroom, based on their respective actual work, shared experience in the characteristics and future of Confucius Institutes, the training models and quality improvement of teachers and volunteers, the cooperation between Confucius Institutes and governments and enterprises, and the enhancement on the digitalization of Chinese language teaching in Confucius Institutes and other issues. The representatives at the conference have an active discussion, and the atmosphere on site was bustling.

A group photo

In his concluding remark, Yu Yunfeng fully affirmed the achievements Confucius Institutes in ROK have made in carrying out Chinese language teaching and cultural activities, as well as the contributions they have made to the educational and cultural exchanges between China and ROK. He pointed out that Confucius Institutes in ROK should start from languages, promote people-to-people bonds by cultural integration, stick to enhancing connotation, profession, digitalization, characteristics, localization and coordination, help students realize personal dreams, help Confucius Institutes achieve better development, and play a greater role in advancing China-ROK cooperation and exchanges as well as promoting the friendships between the two countries.