On August 9, the 2014 Roundtable of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters was held in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province. Madame Xu Lin, Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban; Mr. Wang Rulin, Secretary of Jilin Provincial Party Committee and Mr. Li Yuanyuan, President of Jilin University attended and addressed the meeting. Mr. Zhou Mingwei, President of the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration gave a keynote speech.
A total of 17 Chinese and foreign council members, honorary council members and senior advisors from 11 countries held extensive exchanges and discussions around issues such as the Confucius Institutes operational criteria, the standard of model Confucius Institutes, the function of the Academy for Confucius Institute Directors, the function of the regional representative offices of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the quality evaluation system of Confucius Institutes.
All the attendees agreed that Confucius Institutes offer the best platform for China to communicate with the rest of the world, and their sound development requires joint efforts and international cooperation. They said that the Confucius Institutes need to strengthen the collaboration with their host universities and integrate into the local society.
Published in Confucius Institute Magazine
Number 34. Volume V. September 2014.