In the afternoon of June 14th, Chinese international education professional master’s students from “One Belt and One Road” countries recruitment meeting by Confucius Institute headquarters was held at our university. The leaders and guests attended the meeting: He Wei, Deputy Director of the Teachers Department of Hanban; Qufuzhi, Project Officer of Hanban; Zhang Haidong, Standing Committee of the Party Committee and Vice-President of Sichuan Normal University; Zhou Yanmei, Professor of the International Student Office of Sichuan University; Yang Yingyu, Secretary of the College of International Education of Sichuan Normal University; Huang Guiping, Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs Department of Sichuan Normal University; Zhang Chunlan, Deputy Secretary of the College of International Education of Sichuan Normal University. The meeting was chaired by Tang Hong, Vice Dean of the College of International Education.
Zhang Haidong first expressed his heartfelt thanks to Hanban for its long-standing support for the construction of Confucius Institute and the cause of international Chinese education, and warmly welcomed He Wei, Vice Director of the Teachers Department, and Qufuzhi, both of them for the special trip of exchange talks to our university. Zhang Haidong pointed out that the international exchange of education started early in our university. In 1978, the exchange and cooperation with Goshen College in the United States opened the curtain of international exchange of education in Sichuan Province. With the strong support of Hanban and Confucius Institute Headquarters, our university cooperated with Yonsei University of Korea and Karachi University of Pakistan to establish Confucius Institutes in 2012 and Confucius Classroom with Petro Middle School of Pakistan. Our university set up a new platform for international exchange of education. Since we undertook the scholarship program of Confucius Institute for Master of International Chinese Education in 2009, our university has conscientiously implemented the requirements of Hanban, strictly implemented the teaching plan of the National Teaching and Instruction Commission, strengthened teaching practice, and continuously improved the Chinese language ability and cultural level of the Master of International Chinese Education. Zhang Haidong emphasized that the scholarship students of Confucius Institute of Chinese International Education Major in our university worked hard and had active classroom thinking during their study period, and actively integrated into campus cultural life. These overseas students have become a beautiful scenery on campus. They consciously abide by university rules and regulations, respect each other's customs and cultural characteristics, they will become language and cultural exchange ambassadors who know China well and be friendly toward China.
He Wei first expressed her gratitude to Sichuan Normal University for its active support for the international promotion of Chinese language by Hanban for many years, and expressed her heartfelt thanks for the preparations for the meeting. She pointed out that the recruitment program for the master of International Education in the “one belt and one way” country is an important task for the Confucius Institute to train local Chinese teachers. The purpose of this project is to provide a stable Chinese teaching platform and financial support for the masters of Chinese international education, and to help the students of this major in international studies. Being the envoy of Chinese language and culture exchange in native countries, it opens a new door for foreign students who are interested in international Chinese education.
Professor Zhou Yanmei also made a speech on behalf of Sichuan University. She said that Sichuan Normal University has many places to learn from and draw lessons from other universities in Sichuan Province in the projects of Confucius Institute of Chinese International Education scholarship training and HSK examination site operation. She also expressed the hope that the two universities could cooperate with other universities in Sichuan Province to carry out more projects related to Hanban, and let the students who are interested in Chinese language and culture have more opportunities and platforms.
Then Qu Fuzhi introduced the project in detail with pictures and data. The recruitment program for the master of international education program in the “One Belt and One Road” country of Confucius Institute Headquarters is to support the construction of local Chinese teachers in the Confucius Institute of the “One Belt and One Road” country. The Headquarters subsidized the outstanding international students who have obtained the master of Chinese International Education from the Confucius Institute to return to be the local Chinese language teachers. After the introduction of the project, the overseas students from Sichuan University and Sichuan Normal University asked questions enthusiastically, He Wei and Qu Fuzhi represent Hanban answered the students' specific questions one by one.