New Hanban tutors arrive in Cardiff University

Cardiff Confucius Institute was delighted to welcome four new Chinese tutors from Hanban on 25 February 2014. The four new tutors will be based in three of Cardiff Confucius Institutes Confucius Classrooms –  St Cenydd Comprehensive in Caerphilly, Cathays High School and Lansdowne Road Primary School in Cardiff.

The tutors will be hosted by Cardiff Confucius Institute for two years and in that time will deliver Mandarin and Chinese culture classes throughout schools in Wales, as well as working within the Lifelong Learning Centre at Cardiff University to provide Language tuition to adult learners and undergraduates.

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The four new tutors are (left to right) Yuchuan Liu, Weili Wang, Jing Liu and Qi Ying

30 years of friendship between Cardiff and Xiamen at the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

 

People celebrating

On the evening of 1st October 2013, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival reception organised by Cardiff Confucius Institute took place in the Council Chamber, Main Building of Cardiff University.

80 attendees from the Welsh Government, National Centre for Languages in Wales, Cardiff County Council, Cardiff University, South Wales Chinese Association, and local primary and secondary schools got together to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Cardiff and Xiamen.

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Derrick Morgan made a keynote speech. He said: “We in Cardiff are proud of our twinning link with the city of Xiamen. As I’m sure many of you have known, in 1983 Cardiff became the first city in the UK to twin with Xiamen in the People’s Republic of China.

“Over the past 30 years the relationship between the two cities has been built on a varied mix of cultural, economic and education-related activities – including the Confucius Classrooms initiative which gives school children the opportunity to learn Mandarin as part of their curriculum.”

The Executive Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Prof Anthony Beresford said:  “Welcome to everyone attending what I am sure will be a lively and enjoyable evening combining the performing arts, Chinese language and culture in a rich and engaging way. It is very appropriate that we are here in one of Cardiff’s most beautiful and prestigious buildings which combines the principles of learning, history and culture in such an inspirational setting. The activities planned for tonight for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival enable us to step a little way outside our normal range of experience and to enjoy the full cultural richness that the Chinese Martial Arts, Music, Dance and Traditional Costumes can provide.”

The Academic Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Dr Xueyi Zhu said: “The Mid-Autumn Festival consists of three fundamental meanings: gathering, thanksgiving and hoping. I would like borrow these three fundamental meanings to extend big thanks to all of you. Many thanks for coming to make this happy gathering come true. Many thanks for giving strong support and collaboration in our Mandarin Chinese teaching both in Cardiff University and schools in Wales. We also look forward to our multilevel and multifaceted cooperations in the future.”

The attendees were fascinated by the Chinese musician and very much enjoyed the Chinese Martial art and folk dance performed by the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University.

Finally the guests played their favourite Mid-Autumn Bo Bing game, which is a unique celebrating activity in Xiamen characteristics, and also has been a traditional programme of Cardiff Confucius Institute as the game well combining culture, folk custom and recreation.

One year after another, Cardiff Confucius Institute has been changing, developing and growing, however, what is remained all the time is the Reunion and Harmony symbolised by the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

Confucius Classroom launched at Cathays High School

Cardiff Confucius Institute recently celebrated the launch of a Confucius Classroom at Cathays High School, Cardiff – bringing the total up to 11 Confucius Classrooms across Wales.

With their dedicated teachers from China, Confucius Classrooms are able to offer pupils Mandarin as part of their curriculum, as well as adapting subject areas such as History and Geography to include fascinating insights into China. Chinese teachers at the Confucius Classrooms also extend their teaching activities to other schools in their catchment areas, making extra-curricular and more regular teaching of Chinese available to many schools that might not otherwise have the resources or funding to deliver such enrichment.

The Cathays High School Confucius Classroom was launched on Monday 15th July 2013 by Mr Feng Zhi, the second secretary of the Education section of the Chinese Embassy, with representatives from the Welsh Government, the British Council and Cardiff Confucius Institute also in attendance.

The launch evening included musical performances from pupils at Cathays High School and a traditional Chinese tea Ceremony, as well as a tour of the dedicated Confucius Classroom, which was brightly decorated with Chinese crafts and examples of pupils work.

Eluned Davies- Scott, Head of Community Education and the teacher responsible for the Confucius Classroom at Cathays High said: “It is a really exciting time for Cathays High School’s partnership with China. We are delighted to be one of about 400 Confucius Classrooms that have been established in over 100 countries, demonstrating once again the truly international status of Cathays High School. We are a school that believes in opportunities for all and with China at the centre of the global economy the next generation will need to understand its culture and be able to work in its language.”

Cathays High is one of 11 Confucius Classrooms across Wales which form part of the Wales China Schools initiative managed by Cardiff University’s Confucius Institute. The school intends to develop Mandarin GCSE at the school, as well as using its Confucius classroom status to build partnerships with other primary and secondary schools to develop opportunities for Mandarin Language acquisition.

Rachel Williams, Cardiff Confucius Institute’s School’s Manager stated: “We are especially pleased to be able to participate in the formal launch of Cathays Confucius Classroom. This Classroom has been established in partnership with the Confucius Institute, based at Cardiff University, and reflects five years of partnership during which Chinese tutors from Cardiff University have been delivering courses at the school.”

A visit from Xiamen University leaders

Vice Chancellor and the delegation holding up a Chinese pictureA senior delegation from Xiamen University has visited the University to find out more about how Cardiff and Xiamen can work together in the future.

Led by Zhan Xinli, Vice President of Xiamen University, the delegates  met with Cardiff’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Colin Riordan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Innovation & Engagement, Professor Hywel Thomas and the Director of the University’s International Office, Richard Cotton

Professor Riordan commended the positive role Cardiff Confucius Institute had been playing in promoting exchanges and cooperation between Cardiff and Xiamen and expressed his hope that more scholars and students from Cardiff might get a chance to visit or study in Xiamen University.

Vice President Zhan Xinli put forward her constructive opinions concerning the bilateral development and cooperation and she made it clear that Xiamen University will do everything possible to support Cardiff Confucius Institute in order to actively promote the overall and multi-lateral cooperation and exchanges between the two universities.

Executive Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, Professor Anthony Beresford said: “The Confucius Institute not only provides comprehensive services for promoting Chinese language and culture but also has become a platform and a bridge for exchange, through which more Cardiff University students and staff should be involved in the future.”

5th Annual Confucius Institute Conference

Madame Xu Lin, Professor Fu Siyi and Professor Hywel Thomas

Madame Xu Lin, Professor Fu Siyi and Professor Hywel Thomas

A Cardiff delegation played a prominent role in the recent 5th Annual Confucius Institute Conference, held in Beijing.

Professor Hywel Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Engagement, spoke at this major event for Confucius Institutes from around the world, presenting to a session on educational partnerships both within and outside the University.

Prof Hywel Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Engagement, presenting a session on educational partnerships both within and outside the University

Prof Hywel Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Engagement, presenting a session on educational partnerships both within and outside the University

Along with Cardiff Confucius Institute co-directors Dr Richard Evans and Professor Fu Siyi, Professor Thomas met Professor Zhu Chongshi, President of Xiamen University, the University’s partner in the Cardiff Confucius Institute. At the Conference Dinner Professor Thomas and Professor Fu also met Madame Xu Lin, the Director-General of HANBAN, the Headquarters of Confucius Institutes worldwide.

Dr Evans and Professor Fu had attended the pre-Conference workshop for all Confucius Institutes associated with Xiamen University. They reported on the progress at Cardiff over the last year and gave news of the European network of Xiamen’s Confucius Institutes.  Cardiff has established and is leading the network which will meet for the first time in Malta in February 2011.

After the Conference Dr Evans and Professor Fu visited the University of Chongqing, where the University already has strong links, especially in Architecture and Low Carbon Research.  They met colleagues from the College of International Education, including the Deputy Dean, Professor Jiang Yan, and Professor Li Jing, who is also Director of the Confucius Institute at Pisa in Italy.

Deputy Dean, Prof Jiang Yan, and Prof. Li Jing, who is also Director of the CI at Pisa in Italy

Deputy Dean, Prof Jiang Yan, and Prof. Li Jing, who is also Director of the CI at Pisa in Italy

Prof Siyi Fu and Dr Richard Evans

Prof Siyi Fu and Dr Richard Evans

Prof Fu, President Zhu of Xiamen University and Dr Evans

Prof Fu, President Zhu of Xiamen University and Dr Evans

 

 

More information on the 5th Confucius Institute Conference can be found on HANBAN’s website.