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Professor Liu Youfa attends the 13th Confucius Institute Conference

On December 4th, the 13th Confucius Institute Conference was held in Chengdu, gathering more than 1,500 delegates from 154 countries and regions. Attending the conference are Wang Xiaoping, Vice President of JUFE, Professor Liu Youfa, Chinese Chair of Confucius Institute of Coventry University and Matthew Beedham, Executive Deputy Chair of Confucius Institute of Coventry University.

At the conference, Ms. Sun Chunlan, Vice Premier of the State Council and Chairman of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters delivered a keynote speech. Ms. Sun Chunlan mentioned that the Chinese government has always acted as a strong supporter for cross-cultural exchanges and for the cooperation between China and foreign countries to establish Confucius Institutes. President Xi Jinping has stressed in various occasions that the Confucius Institutes, as windows and bridges for cross-cultural exchanges in language, serve both China and the world. Thanks to the joint efforts of Chinese and foreign parties, the education qualities of the Confucius Institutes have been improved steadily, which has boosted cultural exchanges and enhanced their service capabilities. In return, these Institutes have made positive contributions to meet the needs of the people from around the world in learning Chinese and to help stimulate practical cooperation in economy and trade.

 


Ms. Sun Chunlan pointed out that language plays a unique role in enhancing understanding, building consensus, promoting cooperation, and deepening friendship, thus we should fully tap the role of language to build a community with a shared future for mankind and promote common prosperity and development of all countries. The Confucius Institute should formulate new teaching methods, strengthen the construction of faculty, and improve the quality evaluation system, so as to build itself into an authoritative platform in terms of Chinese teaching. It should carry out rich and colorful cultural activities and employ sinologists as cultural messengers, so as to foster itself as a comprehensive platform for humanistic communication. It should design more Chinese + projects, set up courses such as craftsmanship, business, and Chinese medicine specially designed to meet local demands, so as to project itself as a platform for pragmatic cooperation. It should open up to the outside world while running schools and exert each other’s strengths to cultivate more outstanding cross-cultural talents, so as to build itself into a platform for friendly exchanges between countries. Therefore, it will contribute to fostering more foreign friendships for China and to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

 

Since its inception in 2004, there are now 1193 Confucius classrooms and 548 Confucius Institutes in 154 countries. (Translator: Wei Liping)