2019 In-Service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors Ends Successfully

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-10-28 18:16:48 
 

On October 23rd, the 2019 In-service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors, sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and organized by Xiamen University, came to a successful end. Present at the completion ceremony of the workshop were Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Yang Bin, Vice President of Xiamen University, Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Office of Confucius Institute Affairs, and some representatives of teaching experts.

Summarizing the content of this training, Mao Tongwen remarked that as one of China’s universities under the “Double Tops” construction, with the largest number of Confucius Institutes, Xiamen University will continue to play a greater and more important role in organizing, managing, promoting and training, improve its cooperation as a partner university with its host universities and provide more and better services for Confucius Institutes.


Mao Tongwen, Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Office of Confucius Institute Affairs giving a speech.

On behalf of the directors, Jauffrey Bareille from the Confucius Institute at the University of Luxembourg and Christopher Heselton from the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln each delivered a speech. They expressed their sincere appreciation to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Xiamen University for their elaborate preparations and considerate arrangements for this workshop.

They said the training and discussion enhanced the directors’ understanding of their work. The participants were greatly benefited by the informative lectures on Chinese language teaching, China’s society, economy, and culture. The communication and discussion among the directors developed new ideas for the future work of their Confucius Institutes. Afterwards, they concluded the theme seminars—“Orientation and Characteristic Development of Confucius Institutes” and “Connotation Construction and Quality-Efficiency Improvement of Confucius Institutes”.


Jauffrey Bareille from the Confucius Institute at the University of Luxembourg


Christopher Heselton from the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In his speech, Zhan Guocheng congratulated all directors on their successful completion of this training and expressed his gratitude to all teachers and volunteers of Xiamen University. He said that during this seven-day training, all the directors developed a more comprehensive understanding of China’s national situations, Chinese culture and key projects of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and were better prepared for the following-up work.


Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters

Zhao Guocheng addressed the general concerns of the directors during this training. As for the orientation and characteristic development of Confucius Institutes, he pointed out that the fundamental mission of Confucius Institutes is Chinese language teaching. With its focus on Chinese language teaching as its major task, each Confucius Institute should define its orientation and characteristics by catering to the local universities and communities. Concerning connotation construction and quality-efficiency improvement, he put forward three suggestions. First, develop normalized teaching; second, cultivate specialized and professional teaching faculties; third, improve the academic level of projects, thus increasing the academic connotation of Confucius Institutes.


Deputy Chief Executive Zhao Guocheng and Vice President Yang Bin awarding completion certificates to the participants

Zhao Guocheng emphasized that at present Confucius Institutes are faced with both challenges and opportunities. They should, with joint efforts, brave challenges and difficulties and initiate discussions to explore solutions. Meanwhile, they should take the opportunities to promote further development of Confucius Institutes, and make greater contributions to cultural exchanges between China and other countries.