New Year Greetings

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2020-01-23 18:49:40 

As a new start has dawned, all will change for the better. Upon the arrival of the Spring Festival, we would like to extend our best regards and Chinese New Year greetings to international Chinese language educators and Chinese learners!

In 2019, international Chinese education and the Confucius Institute have enjoyed vigorous development. 290 universities in China selected nearly 10,000 professional teachers and volunteer Chinese teachers to teach Chinese all over the world. 550 Confucius Institutes and 1,172 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 162 countries and regions. Chinese courses have been offered in more than 30,000 primary and secondary schools. More than 4,000 universities have established Chinese departments or Chinese courses, and 45,000 Chinese language schools and training institutions have offered Chinese courses. Over 25 million people worldwide are learning Chinese. The first International Chinese Language Education Conference held recently attracted over 2,000 delegates from more than 160 countries to discuss innovation and development of international Chinese education in the new era.

Taking Chinese language as a bridge to make the world a family is not only the dream of global Chinese learners, but also the dream of all peace-lovers. Robbyn Wacker, President of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota in the US, believed that learning Chinese history, culture and language is crucial to understanding the world in the 21st century. Oniniaina R. Andriamaonjy, a local teacher at the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University in Madagascar, said her biggest wish is to allow myriads of Madagascan children realize their dreams. Luminita Rodica Balan, Director of Department of Chinese Language and Literature of University of Bucharest in Romania, has become attached to Chinese for 40 years. He devoted himself to translating Xunzi and Zhuangzi, with a view to let more people understand Chinese culture. Every year, tens of thousands of volunteer Chinese teachers leave for the places far from home; every day, innumerable Chinese language learners walk into Chinese classrooms. In their minds, Chinese is a bridge to communicate people’s minds, a key to open the future, and a dream that is worth pursuing for a lifetime. Let us pay high tribute and express sincere appreciation to the practitioners and the supporters who are dedicated to Chinese language education and China-foreign language and culture exchanges!

Mutual learning among civilizations makes the world a family. For the common dream, in 2020 we will stick to our original intention and keep forging ahead, seize the day and live it to the full. We will focus on Chinese education, promote the development of multi culture, and work with all insightful people to make the bridge of language, mind, and friendship for promoting the mutual understanding and communication among the peoples of the world stronger and more lasting!

Wish everyone good health, a successful career and a happy family! May all go well with you!


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