Lomax, Executive Chairperson of British Council, Visits Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2019-03-11 14:45:14 

On the afternoon of March 6th, 2019, Lomax, Executive Chairperson of the British Council (BC) visited the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) with her delegation and had a discussion with relevant working staff and Zhao Guocheng, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Deputy Director-General of Hanban. Both sides discussed cooperation in many aspects such as Chinese language teaching in Britain, cooperative training of indigenous teachers, cooperative implementation of talents training programs and the new technological application to language cultural education.

Zhao Guocheng first welcomed Lomax¡¯s visit and expressed his appreciation on the successful cooperation between Hanban and BC over the years. He said that Confucius Institutes have been dedicating to the international education of Chinese language. Now 29 Confucius Institutes have been established in Britain so far, contributing to the local need of learning Chinese and understanding China. Language education is of great significance in promoting international cooperation and cultural exchanges. In-depth cooperation among language and culture promotion agencies plays an important role in enhancing understanding among countries and people, and it proves to be a win-win cause. Hanban is willing to learn from BC¡¯s experience, continue to further cooperate with BC, and promote bilateral education cooperation by supporting Chinese language teaching in Britain with Confucius Institutes.

Lomax expressed that though it hasn¡¯t been long since she becomes the chairperson of BC, she values cooperation with Hanban. British government has strongly supported Chinese language teaching and provided a lot of input for it. Although the number of foreign language learners in Britain has decreased in recent years, the number of students who study Chinese has increased instead, which has already surpassed German learners. In this respect, it is also credited to the support of Hanban. She expressed that language culture agencies should learn from each other and work together to enhance mutual understanding and friendly exchanges among people of all countries. BC is looking forward to further deepening and expanding cooperation with Hanban.