Sun Chunlan: Promote High Quality Development of Confucius Institutes and Contribute to Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-12-07 13:26:09 
 

The 13th Confucius Institute Conference was held in Chengdu on December 4th, which attracted more than 1500 representatives from 154 countries and regions.

The Conference, taking “Boosting Development through Reform and Innovation, Creating Future with Joint Efforts” as its theme, includes two themed forums, eight forums for domestic and foreign university presidents, and 20 workshops. The attendees will discuss and exchange opinions on the issues such as “New School-Running Model and Management Mechanism for Confucius Institutes”, “Featured Development of Chinese Language + Projects and Confucius Institutes”, “Digitalized Development of Confucius Institutes” and “Cultivation of Diversified Cooperative Partnerships”.

Sun Chunlan, Vice Premier and Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, attended the Opening Ceremony and delivered a speech. She also awarded licenses to 10 universities in 9 countries which established the Confucius Institutes for the first time. The Opening Ceremony was hosted by Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education and Vice Chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Sun Chunlan pointed out that the Chinese government has long been promoting cross-cultural communication and actively supporting cooperation between China and other countries on running Confucius Institutions. President Xi Jinping has repeatedly emphasized that Confucius Institutes, as the window and bridge for China-foreign language and culture exchanges, belong to both China and the world. Through joint-efforts by both sides, Confucius Institutes’ education quality is constantly improving, cultural exchanges are becoming more active, and capacities of providing services are being enhanced. Confucius Institutes have made positive contributions to meeting the needs of people around the world to learn Chinese language, and providing services to pragmatic cooperation on economy, trade and other fields.

Sun Chunlan also expressed that, to build a community of shared future for mankind and to promote the common prosperity and development of all countries, we should give full play to the unique role of language in enhancing understanding, pooling consensus, promoting cooperation, and deepening friendship. Confucius Institutes should develop new teaching methods, strengthen the faculty team building and improve the quality evaluation system, so as to foster an authoritative platform for Chinese language teaching. Besides, it is necessary to carry out rich and colorful cultural activities and give play to the role of sinologists as cultural messengers, thus fostering a comprehensive platform for cultural and educational exchanges. In addition, we should implement the Chinese language+ projects and establish special courses on skills, business, traditional Chinese medicine, etc. based on local conditions, so as to establish a supporting platform for pragmatic cooperation. Moreover, it is required that we adhere to the principle of running a school with openness, fully tap into the strength of both sides in school-running and cultivate more talents familiar with partner countries, so as to set up a communication platform for friendly exchanges among countries. All these above will contribute to deepening China-foreign friendship and building a community of shared future for mankind.

Before the Opening Ceremony, Sun Chunlan attended the meeting of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and studied the work arrangement for Confucius Institutions.

At the Opening Ceremony, representatives delivered speeches respectively, including Keith Burnett, Fellow of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, former Vice Chancellor University of Sheffield and Member of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters; Liu Hong, President of Dalian University of Foreign Languages; Isaac MerokaMbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Nairobi, Kenya and Director of the Confucius Institute; Dennis Delehanty (Chinese name: Dai Danyi), the student of the Confucius Institute at George Mason University, USA and Member of the Confucius Institute Foreign Alumni to China program; and Kamila Carter (Chinese name: Kang Kemi), the student of the Confucius Classroom at the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and Member of the Confucius Institute Foreign Alumni to China program.

Kang Kemi, a 12-year-old American girl whose parents both have hearing disability, has been learning various kinds of languages since childhood. In the process of learning Chinese, she said, “I also saw many people getting generous help from the Confucius Institute, many of whom were faced with various difficulties just like my parents. I am now more confident, and I hope that one day I can be a messenger of China-US cultural exchanges and help more people who are in need.” After her speech, Kang Kemi presented her hand-made greeting card to Vice Premier Sun Chunlan. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan pleasantly reciprocated with two sets of Chinese language textbooks to Kang Kemi and Dai Danyi.

During the Opening Ceremony, champions of previous “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, the PhD students of the “Confucius China Studies Program” and the students who received the “Confucius Institute Scholarship” demonstrated the academic achievements of their Chinese learning. On the sidelines of the Conference, a series of activities such as the Chinese Language Teaching Resource Exhibition of Confucius Institutes, the Confucius Institutes New Technology Application Exhibition, and the Sichuan Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition were held.

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