On the morning of July 13, 2017, the delegation from New Brunswick of Canada visited Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and participated in the important meeting. This delegation was led by Mr.John·McLaughlin, Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development of New Brunswick, President of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick (CINB) and joined by Mr. Francis Pang, president of Jiahuang Co. Chairman of CINB, Mr. Zhixiong Zhang, Executive Director of BCCSC and Ms. Teng Jing, the Foreign Director of CINB.
Ms. Jing Wei, Deputy Director of the Hanban, Deputy Executive Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Ms. Shifang Ren, Division Chief of American and Oceania Affairs of Hanban, and Mr. Songming Qu, Supervisor of American and Oceania Affairs of Hanban and Mr. Zhaoxi Meng, Program officer of American and Oceania Affairs of Hanban met with the delegation of Education and Early Childhood Development Department of New Brunswick, Canada and attended the meeting. Ms. Jing Wei expressed her welcome to Mr. John McLaughlin, thanked the Education Department in New Brunswick for its consistent support to the Confucius Institute and congratulated CINB on becoming one of the global advanced Confucius Institute last year. She pointed out that the Hanban would like to provide Confucius students with Chinese language and culture learning conditions and development opportunities which are more suitable for the local education system and enhance the quality of teaching so as to promote development of the program and Sino-Canadian collaboration. Hanban will spare no effort to support the Confucius Institute for the good development and contribute to the friendship between China and Canada.
Mr.John·McLaughlin expressed his appreciation for support and assistance of the Hanban had offered so far. It was a great honor to be the global advanced Confucius Institute. He said that the opening and inclusiveness of the government in New Brunswick was an important opportunity for the development of cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Canada. The successful establishment of the first trilingual primary school and the Confucius Classroom had been bringing profound influence to the local education, enhancing the cultural communication and mutual understanding between the Chinese and Canadian students, and promoting the local multicultural development. The New Brunswick Education Department would actively contribute to the work to deepen the friendly cooperation between China and Canada. Dr..Francis Pang pointed out that there was still much space and potential for Sino-Canadian collaboration in terms of cultural exchange and education, and he would continue to offer new ideas and suggestion to strengthen China-Canada exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.
At present, the development prospect of Confucius Institute is very good. The two sides discussed the renewal of the agreement and actively promoted the implementation. And the meeting on the core teacher position of Confucius Institute has reached a consensus.After the meeting, Ms. Jing Wei and Mr.John·McLaughlin exchanged special "souvenirs" and took a group photo.
The visit is an important milestone in the development of the CINB. It affirmed the development of CINB in the past ten years, and put forward to look to the future, meet the challenges, strengthen cooperation and seek common development for both sides. We believe that with the cooperation and support of all sides, the CINB will have a better future.