Director General of Hanban, Madam Xu Lin (Centre) and USP Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra (3rd from left) with USP staff and Hanban representatives in Shanghai.
A team from The University of the South Pacific (USP) was part of the 10th Global Confucius Institute Conference, held at the iconic Shanghai World Expo Centre from 6-7 December 2015.
The theme for this conference was “Cater to new demand and push for integration.”
The USP team at the Conference comprised the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Chair of the Cook Islands Campus Advisory Committee, Mr Tevai Matapo, and the CI-USP Co-Directors, Professor Li Denggui and Ms Sin Joan Yee.
Professor Chandra gave a presentation on “The Policies of The University of the South Pacific to support the Confucius Institute” at the Presidents’ Forum held on 7 December 2015.
Professor Chandra highlighted the developments of CI-USP, in particular, its extension outside the Laucala Campus, particularly Lautoka, Emalus Campus in Vanuatu and the Cook Islands campus.
He elaborated on the support that USP provides in terms of infrastructure and facilities, staff members, and support for the development of both credit and social Chinese language courses and cultural activities.
Professor Chandra mentioned that full USP systems and procedures are available for the CI-USP.
He also acknowledged the wonderful support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
Another highlight was a meeting with the Director-General of Hanban, Madam Xu Lin, who congratulated Professor Chandra for being the recipient of the “Individual Performance Excellence Award.”
Professor Chandra briefed her on the developments and future plans of CI-USP. Madam Xu was impressed with the developments and gave her strong support for these plans which includes the development of a Model Confucius Institute to further promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in the Pacific region.
She added that Hanban will be pleased to provide advice and support for the project.
The Global Confucius Institute Conference is held annually to discuss the activities and future development of the Confucius Institutes and classrooms in 134 countries around the world.
Through Presidents’ and Directors’ forums, in-depth discussions are held on relevant issues such as new initiatives, how to enhance and strengthen cooperation, and how to improve the teaching quality.
An international exhibition of relevant learning resources is also held in conjunction with the conference.
This year’s conference was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in association with the Shanghai Municipal Government, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and East China Normal University.
There were more than 2,300 participants comprising Presidents or Vice-Chancellors of host universities, directors of Confucius Institutes, diplomats and private sector representatives.
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