Ten Years in Blossom, Another Boom Period in Future
—Celebration of 10th Anniversary of the Confucius Institute at University of Malaya

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya [Time]    2019-11-06 13:35:03 
 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya celebrated its tenth anniversary on October 29th. The event was attended by YONG ZULINA ZUBAIRI, Vice President of the University of Malaya, NOOR.ZALINA BINTI MAHMOOD, Malaysian Director of the Confucius Institute, Sun Youzhong, Vice President of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Jin Limin, Director of the Office of Confucius Institutes of BFSU, Zhang Xiaohui, Executive Dean of the School of Chinese Language and Literature, BFSU, and Wang Zhenghai, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, attended the celebration. More than 400 people from all walks of life in Malaysia and teachers and students from the Confucius Institute participated in the celebration.


Opening ceremony

Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, said in his congratulatory message that since the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya, various Chinese teaching methods were come up with in accordance with local needs. A wide range of cultural-exchange-oriented activities have been organized and major international seminars have been held. Also it has launched the “Chinese + Vocational Skills Training” program. All these serve as a bridge for education and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Malaysia. The Headquarters will give support as ever in the boom period of the development of the Institute, wishing it a splendid prospect and actively make contributions to further improvement of China-Malaysia friendship.

Sun Youzhong highly praised the achievements of the Institute in the past ten years in his speech, especially in promoting Chinese language courses, deepening exchanges between universities and colleges in both sides, and in furthering close association between the two countries. He said, “I hope that the Institute will carry out more activities that are beneficial to the friendly exchanges and mutual understanding between the two sides, and will continue our friendship and take it to the next level so that we can jointly create a harmonious terrain.” Sun Youzhong, representing Beijing University of Foreign Studies, has sent the Institute a banner in calligraphy as a gift.


Sending a gift

ZULINA recalled the time when the Institute was just established in 2009. She said that the Institute, providing Chinese language courses for non-native speakers at first, has now developed into a language and cultural center that promotes language teaching and cultural exchange. Without support from all parties, such as the University of Malaya, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and the Confucius Institute Headquarters, such development could not be realized. ZULINA hoped that the personnel of the Institute will continue to broaden its horizons, face up to challenges and contribute more to the cooperation between and the development of the two countries.

The Institute awarded the “Special Contribution Award” to Wu Zhongyu, the first Chinese director of the Institute, AZARAE, former Malaysian Director of the Institute, KAMILA GHAZALI, Vice President of the University of Malaya and Zhang Xiaohui, former director of the Office of Confucius Institutes of BFSU for their important contributions to the development of the Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya.


Awarding ceremony

The video “Overview of the 10 years of the Confucius Institute at University of Malaya” was broadcast at the celebration, and new website of the Institute and a brand new publicity film was published. Another video recording best wishes from teachers and students from 23 affiliated teaching sites was the climax of the celebration.

Wenzhou University Student Delegation, appointed by the Confucius Institute, came all the way to present their show for this celebration. Chinese Kung Fu, folk music performances, folk dances, and Chinese traditional opera were staged in turn, serving the audience a feast of traditional Chinese art.


Performances

The Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya was established in July 2009 and popularizing Chinese language and Chinese culture has been its first priority since then. At the beginning, there were less than 300 students enrolled in; in 2018, the number reached 9,673. And the same year 1710 candidates took the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) and 23 teaching sites affiliated to the Institute have been set up. In recent years, the Institute has continuously expanded the content of lectures and has tried hard to reach more target groups, and has successively initiated a series of featured courses, such as “Chinese + Policing”, “Chinese + Law”, “Chinese + Business” and “Airport & Customs Chinese”.

Being the first and the largest of its kind in Malaysia, the Confucius Institute at the University of Malaya will keep on making innovations and exploring in the future, making efforts to promote the in-depth exchanges between China and Malaysia in culture and education and to promote further development of China-Malaysia friendship.