2019 HUST Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes Held
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On the afternoon of December 7, the 2019 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes (CI) of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) was held at the Wutongyu Academic Exchange Center. Representatives of the Wayne State University (WSU) in USA, the University of Canterbury (UC) in New Zealand, the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, the CIs at the three mentioned universities, the Confucius Institute Council of HUST, the International Exchange Center of HUST and the School of International Education of HUST attended the conference. It was presided over by the Vice President of HUST, Prof. Chen Jianguo.
In his welcome speech, Chen noted that the three CIs had played an irreplaceable role in local communities since their foundation, and had gained popularity among local students, faculties and residents. Meanwhile, they became a strong link between HUST and the three universities, a window for the people of the United States, New Zealand and Brazil to understand Chinese culture, and an important carrier of people-to-people exchanges. He hoped that with initial intentions in mind, they could innovate connotative development, and become the global model of CI development. HUST will continue to strongly support the construction of the Confucius Institute.
The Pro-vice Chancellor of Arts of UC, Jonathan Peter Le Cocq, and the Vice Rector of UFMG, Alessandro Fernandes Moreira, expressed their gratitude towards HUST for its strong support on behalf of their universities. The Director and Deputy Director of the three CIs then reported to the Council members their 2018-2019 work report and 2020 development plans.
Prof. John Richard Brender and Liang Li, the Director and Deputy Director of the CI at WSU,
introduced various cultural activities, such as Tai Chi Show, Spring Festival Gala, Winter Ball, Table Tennis Competition, Chinese Cooking Contest and Chinese Cuisine Salon. Dr. Chia-Rong Wu, and Associate Prof. Yu Qianhua, the Director and Deputy Director of the CI at UC, said they would further reach out to local primary and secondary schools to attract more Chinese language learners. According to their counterparts, Prof. Barbara Malveira Orfano and Ms. Cheng Jin, the CI at UFMG would focus on training local Chinese teachers in the future.
Representatives of the three CIs then voted to approve their final accounts and the following year's budget, and decided that the next joint conference would be held at Wayne State University in June 2020. During the discussion session, they held a dialogue about strengthening cooperation and exchanges not only among the CIs but also among the universities. A consensus was reached to form a joint conference mechanism to promote exchanges of students and faculties, share teaching resources, build joint workshops and explore the "CI +"cooperation model.
After the joint conference, representatives of the three CIs went to Changsha, Hunan Province to attend the 2019 International Chinese Education Conference.
新西兰坎特伯雷大学副校长Jonathan Peter Le Cocq、巴西米拉斯吉纳斯联邦大学副校长Alessandro Fernandes Moreira 代表各自学校对华中科技大学的大力支持表示感谢。
韦恩州立大学孔子学院外方院长John Richard Brender和中方院长梁丽介绍了丰富的孔院文化活动。
米纳斯吉拉斯联邦大学孔子学院外方Barbara Malveira Orfano、中方院长程进提到，巴西孔院今后将重点培养本土中文教师。
撰稿 魏晶晶 王樱 尹新林
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