Last week the 11th International Confucius Institute Conference was held in Kunming, China, bringing together Confucius institute directors, and university leaders from across the world.
Representing our Confucius Institute at this year’s conference was the University of Adelaide’s Pro-vice Chancellor (International) Professor Nancy Cromar, our Confucius Institute’s Deputy Director Dr. Ning Zhang, Chinese Director Professor Yixiao Xiang and the Head of the School of Social Sciences, Associate Professor Susan Oakley. At the Conference Professor Cromar spoke about the many great successes of our Institute over the 10 years that we have been active in Adelaide, and the important work we do promoting a greater and deeper understanding of China and the Chinese Language in South Australia.
Over the last 12 years Confucius Institutes have been setup in 140 countries, with Adelaide’s institute now one of 511 located in some of the world’s best universities. This year’s conference, attended by more than 2000 delegates, allowed a chance to share strategies and successes as directors learned from one another, and planned the future direction of their institutes.
While in China, Adelaide’s representatives along with Dr Glen Stafford, Professor Peng Bi, and Professor Caroline Laurence also from the University of Adelaide toured Shandong University, visiting the Chinese Culture Experience Centre, and meeting with their Shandong based colleagues. Shandong University has had a relationship with the University of Adelaide since 1985, and is the partner institution of our Confucius Institute.