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2017 In-service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors Begins in Xiamen

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 At 9 am, October 15th, the In-service Training Workshop for Confucius Institute Directors of 2017, sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and organized by Xiamen University (XMU), officially started in Xiamen. This is the ninth time for Xiamen University to host this workshop. Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Director-General of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Vice Director of Hanban, Zhang Rong, President of Xiamen University, attended the opening ceremony,  which was hosted by XMU’s Vice President Ms. Zhan Xinli.

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A total of 31 foreign directors of Confucius Institutes (CIs) from 22 countries of five continents attended this workshop, including 9 countries along the "One Belt and One Road" and 1 BRICS. Up to now, Xiamen University has already hosted 8 In-service Training Workshops for Confucius Institute Directors. The total number of participating directors has reached 348.

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Mr. Zhang Rong, President of Xiamen University, addressed the opening ceremony. He first extended a warm welcome to the foreign directors from afar. Then he introduced the 96-year running history of XMU and the concept of university running that is "Studying Advanced Knowledge, Developing Specialized Personnel and Carrying Forward World Culture." With detailed data, he showed that Xiamen University is not only one of the most influential key comprehensive universities in China, but also an international university with extensive influence in the world. It is also the first and only one in China having an independent campus overseas. He specifically mentioned that Xiamen is an international city. In September 2017, the Ninth BRICS Summit was held in Xiamen, and Xiamen University was involved. As for an international university, the co-funded Confucius Institutes gradually become the one of the most important symbols of its internationalization. So far, Xiamen University has set up 16 Confucius Institutes and 44 Confucius Classrooms in 13 countries on five continents, and trained more than 10,000 Chinese popularization talents, including both Chinese and foreign directors of the CIs. 

Mr. Zhang Rong said that the Confucius Institute could not get today's achievements without the hard work and efforts of directors who are coming from the front line of Confucius Institutes schooling. Finally, Zhang Rong introduced the various training activities of the workshop. He expected, during the in-service training workshop, all directors could conduct a full discussion and in-depth communication on the CI’s Schooling, and enhance understanding, deepen friendship and together promote the better development of Confucius Institutes.

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Ms. Carmela S. Dizon, the director of the Confucius Institute at Angeles University, Philippines, made a speech. Taking personal experience as a starting point, she told her own experience with Confucius Institute. In her view, as the director of the CI, firstly she was able to better serve Angeles University. Secondly, she felt the charm of Chinese language and culture through her daughter’s experience of getting the Confucius Institute Scholarship and going to China for further study. Lastly, she expressed her sincere thanks to the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) for this training programs and to Xiamen University for its thoughtful preparations. She expected new achievements would be obtained through this workshop.

Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Director-General of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Vice Director of Hanban delivered a speech. First of all, on behalf of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), he welcomed all of the directors and expressed his thanks to Xiamen University for its work. Mr. Zhao briefly introduced the outstanding contribution made by Xiamen University to the development of CI. He said that the Institute of Directors of CI located in Xiang'an Campus of XMU was under construction now. As a university having worked many years in serving global directors of CIs, Xiamen University has accumulated rich experience and made a great contribution to the service work.

Mr. Zhao Guocheng hoped that the new foreign directors would seize the three key words of "education, language and cooperation" and profoundly understand the basic orientation of Confucius Institutes. In his speech, Mr. Zhao pointed out that until now, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has already established 516 Confucius Institutes and 1,076 Confucius Classrooms in 142 countries around the world. The number of teachers and faculty members has reached 46,000 and the registered students, including 55 million online students, has come up to 2.1 million. Since the establishment of the first CI in 2004, the Confucius Institute has surpassed all kinds of language promotion agencies in the world in terms of development speed and coverage. Subsequently, he reviewed the construction process of CI and talked about the development prospect of CI with all directors. The fundamental reason for the rapid development of the Confucius Institutes, he thought, is the sharply rising overseas demand for Chinese and Chinese language talents under the background of economic globalization. Especially with the Chinese Initiative “One Belt and One Road”, the connectivity of policies and infrastructures between China and other countries and the more in-depth financial ties, the demand for mutual understanding will also increase a lot. Moreover, he emphasized that the director plays a central role in CIs’ functioning. The director is the leader of the development of CI, the pivot of daily operations of CI, and the connecting point of Sino-foreign cooperation. It is also the convergence point of interests between China and foreign countries, buffer point between Chinese and foreign conflicts and the key point of the sustainable development of Confucius Institute.
Mr. Zhao Guocheng also briefly introduced directors the various support that Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) would be able to provide to the CIs, including funds, teachers, scholarships, key projects and so on.
It is reported that Xiamen University has built 16 Confucius Institutes and 44 Confucius Classrooms throughout the world, ranking first in the "Double First-rate" universities in China. Under the guidance of Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), Xiamen University carefully prepared this workshop, which provided rich training contents for foreign directors. The workshop invited renowned experts and scholars from home and abroad to give lectures on various contents covering economic construction, education development, social change, Chinese medicine culture and so on. The heads of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) will also discuss with foreign directors and answer their doubts. At the same time, foreign directors will visit Kulangsu, the "World Cultural Heritage" site, Xiamen City-Planning Exhibition Hall, Xiamen Museum and other places to experience the unique charm of Xiamen and the profound Chinese culture.

(Wang Weili, Lin Lin)

 

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