North Campus, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, September 27th, 2021: The Confucius Institute Day of 2021, hosted by the International Chinese Education Foundation of China, was convened in Beijing. Multiple deans of GDUFS’s overseas Confucius Institutes—Maria Guzkova of the Federal University of Ural in Russia, and Zhang Wenxiong and Naisako Takase of the university of Sapporo of Japan—were awarded with memorial medals. These deans being awarded is a form of positive appreciation for the work organized in GDUFS in the field of international Chinese education.
The live conference of the Confucius Institute Day of 2021
Maria Guzkova has formally occupied the position of dean of the Confucius Institute co-launched by GDUFS and Federal University of Ural in Russia from the year 2011 till now. As the chairman of the International Department and the dean of the Confucius Institute in Federal University of Ural, Maria Guzkova has actively promoted the brand power of the Confucius Institute across campus; pushed the quantity of students in the Confucius Institute to increase steadily; taken in skilled native Chinese teachers in Russia; and has devoted herself to boosting the influential power of Confucius Institutes in the region of Ural along with the city of Yekaterinburg. During her tenure, she assisted the Federal University of Ural in managing to hold an International Academic Seminar with the theme “China：History and Today” 11 times, and the Confucius Institute in Federal University of Ural under her leadership was named a Global Advanced Confucius Institute in 2019.
Zhang Wenxiong has been a dean for the Confucius Institute co-launched by GDUFS and the University of Sapporo in Japan from the year 2006 until now. As the first foreign-side dean for the Confucius Institute in the University of Sapporo, Zhang Wenxiong led students in the institute to have access to Chinese world heritage and held many compelling lectures on Chinese culture, showing dedication in her mission to enhance the popularity of Chinese language education and Chinese culture. He also set up nearly 30 permanent courses associated with Chinese linguistic culture and pushed for the major establishment of Chinese language, all of which powerfully contributed to the local people’s attitudes towards China and meanwhile strengthened the influential power of the Confucius Institute in the area of Hokkaido. Zhang Wenxionng was gloriously named a Global Advanced Dean of the Confucius Institute in 2019.
The establishment ceremony for the Confucius Institute in the University of Sapporo
(the second from the right in the first raw: Zhang Wenxiong)
Zhang Wenxiong gave guidance to students at Kung Fu class
Naisako Takase was the vice-dean of the Confucius Institute co-launched by GDUFS and the University of Sapporo in Japan from the year 2008 to 2016. During her tenure, she enthusiastically pushed forward cooperation between the two partner universities and dedicated great efforts to the founding of a major in Chinese language on campus. The curriculum, which includes Chinese history, the Analects of Confucius, and an introduction to Chinese classical taught by Narisako Takase, earned consistently high praises from students, whose improving grasp of the Chinese language has also left a deep impression on students in all kinds of cultural activities. All of these have helped to construct a platform for International Chinese language education in the area of Hokkaido.
GDUFS and the Confucius Institute of the University of Sapporo in Japan collectively held summer camp. (the left one: Naisako Takase)
So far, GDUFS has set up seven Confucius Institutes (including classes) worldwide: the Confucius Institute in the University of Sapporo in Japan; the Confucius Institute in the University of Ural in Russia; the Confucius Institute in Santa Maria Catholic University in Peru; the Confucius Institute in the University of Cape Verde; the Confucius Institute in Ain Shams University in Egypt; the Confucius Institute in the University of Artur in Portugal; and the Purple Myrtle Confucius Class in Australia. GDUFS is the university with the largest number of Confucius Institutes in Guangdong province and the first to establish Confucius Institutes. All deans of the Confucius Institute of GDUFS actively devote themselves to Sino-Foreign cultural interaction and have done their best to fuel the development of international Chinese language education. In the future, GDUFS will continually push forward this project of Sino-Foreign exchange and do its best to maintain positive international relationships. GDUFS will also energetically put into practice the idea of a human community with shared future with the Confucius Institute as a longstanding cooperation platform.