Some Confucius Institutes in Europe Hold Joint Conference on “Resources Sharing among Confucius Institutes”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany [Time]    2019-07-15 14:00:59 
 

A joint conference on “Resources Sharing among Confucius Institutes” for directors of some Confucius Institutes in Europe was held on the main campus of Goethe University Frankfurt on June 27 and 28, local time. This conference was organized by the Confucius Institute at Goethe University Frankfurt. 32 Chinese and foreign directors of 18 Confucius Institutes in 12 European countries and representatives of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Fudan University attended the conference. Van Dick, Vice President of Goethe University Frankfurt, Michael Borchmann, former Director General of the International Affairs Department in Hesse State, Xiu Chunmin and Jiao Hailong, the consuls of the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, and Yang Zhiyi, Chairman of the Board Of Directors of the Confucius Institute at Goethe University Frankfurt attended the ceremony and delivered their speeches.

In the ceremony, Van Dick said in his speech that the Confucius Institute at Goethe University Frankfurt jointly established by Goethe University Frankfurt and Fudan University has become the bond that linked the two universities and the two cities, providing a good platform for exchanges. By sharing resources with one another, Confucius Institutes can broaden their mind, establish new ideas and work together to conduct more lively exchanges and cooperation.


Van Dick delivering his speech

Xiu Chunmin said that since the establishment of Confucius Institutes until today, they have grown from scratch and gradually developed into today’s scale. What Confucius Institutes have achieved is known to us all, but as an emerging thing, Confucius Institutes need constantly getting improved with all useful opinions. He hoped that directors can work together to give their advice and show that they are open and confident.


Xiu Chunmin delivering his speech

Michael Borchmann said, “Confucius Institutes have started a ‘long march’ around the world since the promotion in 2004, which proves to be a successful ‘march’. Today’s world is becoming more and more complicated, which requires us to offer more complicated solutions. Therefore, it is of great significance for us to gather here and share our experience.”


Michael Borchmann delivering his speech

Yang Zhiyi quoted old sayings in her speech. She said that “each day I examine myself in three ways” is an instructive self-criticism that we should adopt, and that “do as you would be done by” is one of the ideas that we should advocate and practice at that same time.


Yang Zhiyi delivering her speech

After the speech, Anna Rosinus, Professor of Economics from Mainz University of applied Sciences gave a keynote speech on “Strategic Partnership: What can Organizations and Institutions Learn from Shared Economy?”. She gave a detailed explanation about the concept of “shared economy”, in which she put forward her own understanding of the development of Confucius Institutes by quoting successful cases about “shared economy” in today’s world. She held that Confucius Institutes should share information and resources and everyone could put forward their own ideas and requirements. More importantly, Confucius Institutes should have an open mind so that they could think deeply and have visions, making themselves platforms after becoming popular gradually.


Anna Rosinus delivering a keynote speech

In the discussion session, representatives first shared cases about “The Best Practice of Confucius Institutes in Europe: Sharing Resources and Building a Network with Local Partners”. Representatives from the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology, the Confucius Institute in Brittany, the Confucius Institute in Clermont-Ferrand, the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds, the Confucius Institute at Oriental University of Napoli, the Confucius Institute at the University of Cyprus and the Confucius Institute at Goethe University Frankfurt introduced their own successful cases by mainly demonstrating their specific experience about how to cooperate and share resources with local institutions so as to expand the scale of activities and the sphere of influence.


The representative from the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology analyzing their case

In the discussion about “Building a Strong Network - Sharing Resources and Information among Confucius Institutes in Europe”, the representatives mainly expressed their views on the possibility of and measures for building an online platform for resources sharing among European countries as well as the feasibility and specific difficulties of building a platform for resources sharing among all Confucius Institutes in Europe. M. Blaise Thierrée, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute in Brittany shared the experience about the construction, operation and effects of the platform for resources sharing among all Confucius Institutes in France. Meanwhile, M. Blaise Thierrée said that they are willing to share their resources on the online platform with other Confucius Institutes in Europe. Other representatives also put forward their working opinions and suggestions about the actual work and needs of their Confucius Institutes for possible discussion.

In the discussion about “How does the Confucius Institute Headquarters Support Resources and Information Sharing among Confucius Institutes”, Cao Ge, the representative of the Confucius Institute Headquarters introduced the Headquarters’ ten-year plan of building digital platforms, including the upgraded version of Confucius Institute Online—Digital Confucius Institute. He stated that focusing on the construction of a cloud platform, Digital Confucius Institute aims at a building digital resources sharing platform for Confucius Institutes around the world by providing a more unified and clear online platform entry for directors and teachers of Confucius Institutes and making online teaching resources more practical and relevant.


The representative from the Confucius Institute at Oriental University of Napoli analyzing their case

In the discussion about “Cultivating and Developing Team Spirit in Cross-cultural Environment”, Yulia Mylnikova, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at Saint-Petersburg State University shared their difficulties and gains brought by cultural differences and the cultivation of team spirit in the cross-cultural environment. Other representatives expressed their own opinions on hierarchical concept and teamwork and had a deep discussion on the competition and cooperation among Confucius Institutes in different areas and between Confucius Institutes and local institutions. A consensus was reached that competition is inevitable, but as long as the idea of win-win cooperation is upheld and sound communication is maintained, competition will bring more opportunities and mutual progress.

Wang Chanjuan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology, also shared their case about the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology and Novosibirsk State University of Technology, changing competition into win-win cooperation through cooperation and support.

At last, Wang Weilin, the representative of the Confucius Institute Headquarters made a concluding remark. She said in the initiative of resources sharing among Confucius Institutes, resources should be first shared between Confucius Institutes and the places where they are located. After 15 years of development, every Confucius Institute has basically established cooperation with the local government, businesses and related cultural institutions. Another level of resources sharing is resources sharing among Confucius Institutes, through which Confucius Institutes can share resources in one country, in one continent and even around the world. The Headquarters are working on it, believing that there will be a better platform for resources sharing.


Group photo

All the directors present in the conference agreed that this conference provided a valuable platform for exchanges for Confucius Institutes in Europe and hoped that there will be more opportunities to make exchanges and enhance cooperation, so as to create a more favorable environment for the development of Confucius Institutes in Europe.