12th Confucius Institute Conference to Open Tomorrow with Some 140 Countries to Participate

Themed on “Deepened Cooperation and Innovative Development for Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind”, the 12th Confucius Institute Conference will be held from Dec 12 to 13 in Xi’an, which will attract the participation of presidents of colleges, representatives of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) from more than 140 countries, diplomatic envoys from various countries to China, representatives of institutions of language and, culture promotion of other countries, as well as representatives the Chinese national and local education authorities, and the host college.

The opening ceremony of the conference will be convened on the morning of Dec 12 at Qujiang International Conference and Exhibition Center, where Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China and Chair of Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters will make a keynote speech, award the name plates to 10 newly-established Confucius Institutes, and give prizes to 70 Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), individuals and partner institutions of Chinese side that have made outstanding performance.

“Conference Forum” will be set up at this year’s meeting for the first time, where presidents of renowned colleges and scholars from China and other countries will exchange views on “the development of Confucius Development and building a community of shared future for mankind”. Seven forums of presidents of colleges and 8 forums of presidents of Confucius Institutes will also be provided to have discussion on topics such as performance management of Confucius Institutes, planning of teaching staff construction, innovation of teaching resources and cultural programs, Chinese language tests and scholarship service, building public image of Confucius Institutes, research of Confucius Institutes and China, role of Confucius Institutes in “Belt and Road Initiative”, future-oriented and innovation-driven development strategy of Confucius Institutes.

Along with the conference, a number of activities will also be staged which include exhibition of Confucius Institute Achievements, exhibition of Chinese language textbooks, exhibition of Chinese foods, exhibition of achievements of Shaanxi-based colleges over the past five years, exhibition of calligraphy, cultural and creative  products of Chinese Calligraphy Academy, etc.

“Confucius Institutes are the main channel through which China makes better communication with the world,” said Liu Jianlin, Deputy Director General of Shaanxi Provincial Department of Education. The conference will become a good opportunity for Shaanxi to achieve internationalization of education and play an important role in driving the higher education of the province to catch up with or overtake the peers in the country, he added.

The annually-held Confucius Institute Conference, also known as the “Davos Forum” of education, is a grand gathering of all Confucius Institutes around the world, which has been convened for 11 sessions aiming to draw on experience, intensify exchanges and strengthen cooperation.

So far, 525 Confucius Institutes and 1,113 Confucius Classrooms in secondary and primary schools have been established worldwide, of which 140 institutes and 136 classrooms are set up in the 53 countries along the “Belt and Road”. The total number of students of Confucius Institutes and classrooms is 2.32 million in 2017, with cultural activities held covering audience of 12.72 million people.