From December 10th to 11st, the 11th Confucius Institute Conference was held in Kunming, Yunnan Province. Mrs. Yandong Liu, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice premier of the State Council and chairman of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, attended the ceremony and delivered speeches to the Confucius Institutes, and presented awards to the advanced individuals and advanced units of the worldwide Confucius Institutes. CINB was awarded the "Advanced Confucius Institute". In this conference, 25 advanced Confucius Institutes and 5 advanced Confucius Classrooms were commended. CINB is the only awarding institution in Canada.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Roger Lord, a distinguished student of CINB, and his Chinese partner，who is a flute professor Mr. Qiang Zheng, played a classic Chinese song The Flowing Stream together. The wonderful performance won applauses. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Roger Lord shared his experience of learning Chinese as a advanced student of Confuse institute. His speech made more than 2,400 representatives from over 140 countries and regions moved.
As an important part of the 11th Confucius Institute Conference, the Confucius Institute Chinese Textbooks and Cultural and Creative Works are also on display during the conference. At this fair, Mr. Roger Lord is on behalf of New Brunswick with his Chinese Piano CD which attracted many fans.
The theme of the conference was "Innovation, Cooperation, Inclusion and Sharing". There are lots of forums for principals and directors of different topics, as well as a thematic discussion on the Confucius Classroom. The foreign director of CINB, Mrs. Jing Teng, attended the director forum on the topic of "Regional interconnection and sharing of resources" and did a speaking. Mr. Jianhua Peng, the chairman of Beijing Concord College of Sino-Canada, was invited as director of CINB to attend the forum and give a speech.
In the past ten years, CINB has been actively integrating Chinese teaching into local high, middle and primary education systems. It has achieved the full coverage of Chinese language and culture courses in NB from elementary school to high school, with a total enrollment of 5441. The title of the world's advanced Confucius Institute, is approval on our Chinese teaching work in those 10 years and also on teachers, volunteers, practical work. In the future, we will continue to work hard, to create high-quality faculty, to establish high-quality teaching platform, to enhance the overall strength and influence of CINB and to offer more opportunities for our students to know China and love China. We will do our best for improve the communication process between China and foreign countries and the development of colorful world civilization.