Focus on Connotation, Innovation and Coordination for Development of Confucius Institutes in New Era
—2018 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia Held in Laos

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-11-07 14:39:59 
 

On November 1st, the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia, co-organized by the Confucius Institute in National University of Laos (NUOL), was held in Vientiane, Laos. Kongsy Sengmany, Vice-Minister for Education and Sports of Laos, Jiang Zaidong, Ambassador of China to Laos, Yu Tianqi, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Somsy Gnophanxay, President of National University of Laos, and 86 representatives from 36 Confucius Institutes among 9 countries in Northern Asia were present at the Conference.


Opening ceremony

In his welcome speech, Somsy emphasized that China and ASEAN enjoy increasingly closer exchanges and cooperation which has covered many fields including education in the Belt and Road Initiative. Somsy wished that Confucius Institutes could exchange views and share experiences through the Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia for the development of Confucius Institutes, the further localization of the educational needs, and the promotion of the exchanges and communication between China and ASEAN in the field of education as well as people-to-people and cultural engagement.


Somsy Gnophanxay, President of NUOL, delivering his speech

Kongsy pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping matched with the strategic plan of “turning a land-locked nation into a land-linked nation” of Laos, which reflected the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative. Rich experiences lead to remarkable achievements, and we also need opportunities to face future challenges. It is hoped that we could learn from each other, establish partnership, and achieve mutual development through the platform the Confucius Institute has offered.


Kongsy Sengmany, Vice-Minister for Education and Sports of Laos, delivering his speech

In her speech, Yu Tianqi has fully recognized the achievements of the Confucius Institute in Southeast Asia. As the saying goes, “A neighbor near is better than a relative far away.”, China and Southeast Asian countries always learn from each other on the basis of the long-term and friendly relations. This has offered an excellent opportunity and provided a solid foundation for the development of the Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia. Besides, she pointed out that the past fourteen years had witnessed the rapid development of Confucius Institutes. The core of the new period of development is “Quality Improvement and Efficiency Enhancement”. The purposes of holding the Joint Conference are to gather new ideas, to further build on consensus and tap into development potential, and to offer advice for the long-term sustainable development of Confucius Institutes. Then, she shared with the representatives her thoughts on connotation, innovation and cooperation. She hoped that Confucius Institutes will develop stronger capacity in localization, specialization and digitalization to further enhance connotation building and improve teaching quality. Confucius Institutes should also give play to its own characteristics and pursue innovative development to build its own special brand, and conduct cooperation in a positive manner to facilitate the development of whole region.


Yu Tianqi, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, delivering a speech

During the conference, representatives from the Confucius Institute at Mae Fah Luang University, the Confucius Classroom at FuQing Language and Computer School in Myanmar, the Confucius Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia, the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation of the Philippines, the Maritime Silk Road Confucius Institute in Thailand, Pusat Bahasa Mandarin at University of Al Azhar of Indonesia, and the Confucius Institute at Burapha University in Thailand, respectively shared their experience on development featured rich connotation and unique characteristics, enhancement of cooperation between Confucius Institutes and local governments and enterprises, and “Chinese+” project. Representatives had discussion in a warm atmosphere.


Sharing cases


Group discussion


Guests witnessing the signing of agreements between the Confucius Institute in NUOL and Lao China Bank

At the opening ceremony, the Confucius Institute in NUOL and Lao China Bank signed the “China-Laos Bank Scholarship” Donation Agreement and China-Laos Joint Practice Base Agreement with all guests present.

 
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