Group photo on-site (Source: International Cooperation and Communication Section)
On the December 6th and 7th, the 10th Confucius Institute Conference was held in the Shanghai World Expo Center.
The conference’s theme is “catering to new demand and pushing for integration”. Directors of Confucius Institutes, presidents of the host universities and ambassadors of related countries from 134 countries and regions throughout the world were present at the conference. The opening ceremony was hosted by Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education of China. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of China and Chairwoman of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the conference and presented awards to outstanding collectives and individuals.
Vice President Shang Wenjiang, director of International Cooperation and Communication Section Guo Meisong and the representative schools were invited to the conference.
During the conference, Vice President Shang Wenjiang met Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education of Montana Clayton T. They held a friendly conversation around the issues of university specialty of Montana and Sino-foreign Joint Programs.
In addition, nine Presidents' Forums and nine Directors' Forums was held. Representatives held in-depth discussions around important issues in the development of Confucius Institutes, including news demands on Confucius Institutes in different countries, development planning for the next five years, how to deepen the cooperation between Chinese universities and their overseas counterparts, and how to coordinate Chinese education with the Belt and Road Initiative. Meanwhile, an International Chinese Teaching Resource Exhibition will also be held.