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The 11th Confucius Institute Conference Successfully Held

     On Dec. 10 to 11, the 11th Confucius Institute Conference was successfully held in Kunming, China. A total of about 2,200 delegates attended the conference, including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes from 140 countries and regions. This year, it was themed on Innovation, Cooperation, Inclusion and SharingLiu Yandong, the Vice Premier of the State Council of China, held discussions with directors of some Confucius Institutes in Germany and delivered a speech on the future development of Confucius Institute. 

The 11th Confucius Institute Conference concluded at Kunming. (from confucius institute headquarters website)

       As Madam Liu stated, the Confucius Institute is not only the institution seeking equal-footed cooperation between China and foreign countries, mutual benefit and win-win outcome, but also an open, transparent and inclusive platform. Confucius Institutes will continue to be a platform for spreading culture, enhancing mutual understanding as well as promoting exchanges and mutual learning among different civilizations. Since its foundation in 2004, Confucius Institutes have witnessed a rapid growth through concerted efforts by China and foreign partners. Up to now, 511 Confucius Institutes and 1,073 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 140 countries and regions. In 2016, the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms around the world, with a team of 46,000 Chinese and overseas full-time and part-time teachers, enrolled 2.1 million students and hosted cultural events of various types. 

Zha Ming, the vice-president of China University of Petroleum was invited to attend the conference.

    The conference was composed by 14 forums for Chinese and overseas university presidents and directors of Confucius Institutes, and three special symposiums including a symposium on international exchanges of Chinese culture such as traditional Chinese medicine and Taiji, a symposium on Confucius Institute and the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative and a roundtable forum. Zha Ming, the vice-president of China University of Petroleum, was invited to the conference and to give a presentation on the topic of what can confucius institute do for enterprise development. He gave a highligt on the achievements the Confucius Institute at the Metallurgy and Mines Institute of Tajikistan has made to the mutual understanding and cultural communication between the two people. The Confucius Institute was co-established by the university and the Metallurgy and Mines Institute of Tajikistan in 2015. It is the first Confucius Institute of China University of Petroleum at abroad.

     Editor: Bu Lingduo

     Source: UPC News Center

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