Confucius Institute at CHU Celebrates 10th Anniversary

[Source]????Confucius Institute at Cheju Halla University, the Republic of Korea?[Time]????2019-04-18 08:50:08?

On April 4th, 2019, the 10th anniversary celebration of the Confucius Institute at Cheju Halla University (CHU) in the Republic of Korea (ROK) was held in the Keumho Global Education Center of CHU. The event was attended by over 200 people, including Kim Sung-Hum, President of CHU, Lim Chang-Kyu and Han Dong-Jin, Vice Presidents of CHU, Feng Chuntai, Chinese Consul-General in Jeju, Wang Lei, Vice President of Nankai University (NKU) – the Institute’s partner university, representatives from various communities in Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, and students and faculty members of the Confucius Institute.

In his speech, President Sung-Hun Kim said that since the establishment of the Confucius Institute at CHU, the Institute has greatly promoted CHU’s Chinese language education, its exchanges with China and its overall development. The Confucius Institute has become an integral part of CHU. He highlighted that the Confucius Institute has become one of the best institutions in promoting Chinese language and culture in Jeju, with a considerable influence in the Republic of Korea.

Kim Sung-Hum delivering a speech

On behalf of Nankai University, Wang Lei extended his warm congratulations on the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at CHU. He said that the Confucius Institute at CHU has come a long way since its inauguration. Rapid and steady progress has been achieved in its quality of teaching, and a rich variety of cultural activities have been held by the Institute, with increasing social influence. The Institute has made important contributions to fostering people-to-people exchanges, academic exchanges, and mutual cultural learning between the two nations.

Wang Lei delivering a speech

Wang Lei said that Nankai University will leverage NKU’s strengths in humanities and social sciences, especially in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, to support the development of the Confucius Institute at CHU as always. He hoped that based on the current situation and adhering to the people-oriented principle, the Confucius Institute at CHU will remain true to its original aspiration and make further progress in its quality of teaching as well as the impact of Chinese cultural activities so as to better serve as a platform for promoting friendly exchanges between the two countries.

Feng Chuntai expressed gratitude to the contributions made by the Confucius Institute at CHU to the enhancement of people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries. He said that the progress of the Confucius Institute in the past decade is recognized by all: it has not only achieved fruitful results in teaching Chinese to the students in the Republic of Korea, but also become a window for the students to know contemporary China in a more vivid and concrete manner, thanks to the various activities such as film festivals, cultural exhibitions and speech contests. It has therefore become a platform for promoting Chinese culture, enhancing mutual understanding and carrying forward friendship. Feng hoped that the Confucius Institute at CHU will continue to contribute to Chinese language teaching and cultural exchanges between China and the Republic of Korea in the next decade.

Feng Chuntai delivering a speech

President Sung-Hun Kim awarded appreciation plaques to Feng and Wang to show CHU’s gratitude to NKU and Chinese Consulate General in Jeju. In return, on behalf of NKU, Wang Lei presented a friendship plaque to President Kim.

President Kim presenting appreciation plaques to Chinese representatives

The presentation ceremony was followed by performances from CHU representatives and faculty members and students at the Confucius Institute. One of the programs involved the sharing of “I love Confucius Institute” stories by representatives of Jeju residents and the Confucius Institute community, who extended their thanks to the Institute for its contributions to promoting Chinese language education and Chinese culture, and wished the Institute a brighter future.

Story by Peng Ting