New Year Greetings

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2019-02-03 08:32:39 

As the New Year has dawned, all will change for the better. Upon the arrival of the Spring Festival, we would like to extend our New Year greetings to all the Chinese teachers and volunteers working far away from their motherland and families across the world and students of Confucius Institutes in various countries.

In 2018, Confucius Institutes and partners made solid progress hand in hand on the path forward. There are many new members in the Confucius Institute family. 9 countries established Confucius Institutes for the first time; 30 Confucius Institutes and 80 Confucius Classrooms were established. The teaching quality had been steadily improved and the doctorate in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages had been established. 50,000 teachers had been trained and there had been 1.87 million students attending face-to-face courses. Cultural exchanges had become increasingly active. More than 1,600 academic research projects had been carried out, and over 7,000 high-level academic meetings and forums had been organized. The conditions for Confucius Institutes had continued to improve, and teaching venues of Confucius Institutes reached 910,000 square meters. We would never have made these achievements without the hard work and selfless contributions of Chinese and foreign directors, principals, teachers and volunteers. Here, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the builders, participants and supporters of Confucius Institutes!

In 2019, the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China is approaching, and Confucius Institutes will celebrate its 15th anniversary. In the new year, we will intensify our focus on high-quality and sustainable development, deepen the reform of the institutional mechanism, consolidate the foundation for running schools, enhance connotation building, and optimize layout and structure. Together with Chinese and foreign friends, we will contribute wisdom and strength to opening a new page of the development of Confucius Institutes in the new era, promoting people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and other countries, building a community of shared future for mankind, and jointly creating a bright future for human society.

Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)

Feb.3rd, 2019



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