2019 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in the Caribbean Held in Jamaica

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-10-28 17:10:17 
 

On October 16th, local time, sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, the 2019 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in the Caribbean was held in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Representatives of 8 Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) from 8 Caribbean countries, local universities, the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, the Confucius Institute Headquarters and other sectors attended the event. Dale Webber, President of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Tian Qi, Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, and Guo Jiaoyang, Director of the Division of American and Oceanian Confucius Institutes of the Confucius Institute Headquarters attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.


Group photo of guests

Dale Webber shared the wonderful memory of visiting China in this July in his speech. He said that the importance of learning Chinese for all walks of life in Jamaica is self-evident nowadays with the relations between Jamaica and China being increasingly deepened. The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus is will to continuously underpin the development of the Confucius Institute and work with other parties to build the Confucius Institute into a platform and link for bilateral cooperation in education, culture, economy and trade.

Tian Qi pointed out that language is the key to acquire knowledge and to facilitate friendship. He hoped that the Confucius Institute would take the opening of the new building as an opportunity to provide more high-quality Chinese language programs and resources to better serve the local people and set a model for China-Jamaica cooperation.

Guo Jiaoyang, Director of the Division of American and Oceanian Confucius Institutes of the Confucius Institute Headquarters extended sincere congratulations to the opening of the new building and the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute. She said that the Confucius Institutes in the Caribbean has developed steadily through sincere cooperation and joint efforts from China and Jamaica and significant fruits have been made. However, there are also challenges, such as lacking qualified teaching staff and insufficient combination with local needs. Going forward, the Confucius Institute should strengthen its security and localization and improve its transparency and effectiveness. The Confucius Institute Headquarters would earnestly draw upon advices from the delegates and work with Confucius Institutes of other countries to jointly meet challenges and seek common development.

The delegates carried out in-depth exchanges and discussions on some topics, namely, improving the quality of Chinese teaching, forging project with characteristic brand, find more sources of financing and use it effectively, facilitating the inner management of the Confucius Institute and preventing operation risk.


Guests from China or Jamaica cutting the ribbon for the building

Prior to the opening ceremony, the delegates attended the launching ceremony of the China-aided Confucius Institute building at the University of the West Indies. Dale Webber, Tian Qi and other guests from China or Jamaica jointly cut the ribbon for the building. The delegates then visited the building.

 
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