On July 11, 2018, local time, the delegation of the Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, Canada, was led by the Deputy Minister of Education Department of New Brunswick, Mr. John McLaughlin, Chairman of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, and Ms. Dawn Weatherbie, Executive Director of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, and the Foreign Director of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick and Superintendent of Chinese Language Teaching in New Brunswick, Ms. Teng Jing. Also invited the Chairman of the Beijing China-Canada International School and the Chairman of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, Dr. Peng Jianhua, to Hanban and Confucius Institute Headquarters. During the visit, they discussed the future development of the Confucius Institute with the leaders of the Hanban and representatives of relevant ministries.
When they walked into Hanban, they were greeted with a warm welcome to the delegation led by John McLaughlin, Deputy Minister of Education Department of New Brunswick, Canada. The delegation felt the most sincere welcome from Hanban.
The delegation then went to the conference room. The deputy director-general of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the deputy director of the Hanban Office, and the representatives of the Hanban, met with the members of the delegation and had a friendly conversation. Director Jing Wei first extended a warm welcome to the Canadian delegation and talked about her return from the newly renovated Confucius Institute. The existing 5,000 students in Confucius Institute in New Brunswick are enough to prove that the New Brunswick Department of Education giving a big support. The project has always been strongly supported, and it has also seen the support of the Confucius Institute and the friendship between volunteers and the friendly accommodation family represented by the former Prime Minister of Canada. She said that these are the epitome of China-Canada friendship and cultural exchanges, which will play an important role in promoting the future education development of the two countries. Thanks to Confucius Institute in New Brunswick for making a major contribution to the cultural exchange between China and Canada. The education officials of New Brunswick expressed their gratitude to Hanban and Confucius Institute Headquarters for their support for the development of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick, the excellent teachers sent to the new province, and the provision of a wider space and possibilities for the development of New Brunswick with an international perspective. At the same time, it also has high hopes for the future development of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick. They believe that with the concerted efforts and joint efforts of both sides, the Confucius Institute in New Brunswick can achieve better results.
Representatives from the Hanban Office of the United States and Canada, the Cultural Department, the Teacher Resource Department, the Volunteer Office, and the Han Kao Office introduced the relevant departments to the delegation and further exchanged views on the future development of Confucius Institute in New Brunswick. In order to carry out the Chinese Culture Day activities in the new province, we can combine with the local Chinese artists in the New Brunswick. In the future, we will provide more colorful cultural experience activities for New Brunswick and students of New Brunswick.
After the symposium, the Canadian Principals' Delegation presented Hanban with a gift of unique Canadian characteristics. The successful visit of the principals group strengthened the communication and understanding between New Brunswick and Hanban, and portrayed a broader prospect for the future development of the Confucius Institute in New Brunswick. It also added a rich and colorful touch to the profound friendship between China and Canada.
当地时间2018年7月11日，加拿大新布伦瑞克省孔子学院校长团一行八人在新省教育部副部长、新省孔院理事长John McLaughlin先生、新省孔院执行理事Dawn Weatherbie女士、新省孔院外方院长、新省汉语教学总督导滕菁女士带领下，特邀北京中加国际学校董事长、新省孔院理事会主席彭建华博士一同前往国家汉办、孔子学院总部进行参观访问，并就孔院未来发展大业与汉办领导及相关部处代表会谈磋商。