AT the 12th Confucius Institute (CI) Conference held in Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shannxi Province, ECNU was awarded by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong with the 2017 Outstanding Confucius Institute Chinese Partnership on December 12. This year’s award marks the fourth time that the university has been granted the honor.
Nearly 2,500 delegates, including university presidents and representatives of CI from more than 140 countries and regions attended the annual, two-day event.
The CI at the University of Turin, established in co-operation with ECNU, won the Outstanding Confucius Institute Title, while ECNU teacher of CI in Cambodia Zhao Yurong was awarded the Outstanding Confucius Institute Teacher.
ECNU vice president Wang Rongming’s speech 'Telling the story of contemporary China and disseminating the Chinese voice' was a highlight of the university presidential forum, while Prof. Zhou Yong, representing Chinese partners of CI from all over the world, followed up with his speech 'Confucius Institute: New Platform for Chinese Study and Academic Exchanges'.
Ma Jianfei, vice director of the CI Headquarters (also known as Hanban), met with chiefs Wang and He Zhiming of China Institute - an ECNU partner in establishing the CI at China Institute in New York.
During the conference, Wang engaged with ECNU representatives about the co-founded partnership of CI around the world, releasing substantial information about the achievements made thus far and plans for future development in CI expansion.
At present, there are 525 CI offices and 1,113 related courses in 146 countries and regions globally. Up to 2017 over 12.7 million people worldwide had participated in Confucius Institute-led cultural events and a total of 9.16 million students had attended CI courses.
ECNU has served as forerunner in promoting Chinese language education on the international scale, which has already co-founded eight CI branches and set up independently sponsored CI class curriculum all around the world.