A total of 2,400 guests attended this year’s conference, including university presidents and representatives of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) from 140 countries, envoys from foreign embassies in China, representatives of foreign institutions for language & culture promotion, as well as representatives of relevant ministries, local educational authorities and Chinese partner institutions attended the 11th Confucius Institute Conference was held in Kunming on Dec. 10th and 11th.
At the conference, Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education and Vice-Chair of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters, announced the opening. Liu Yandong, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice-Premier of the State Council and Chair of the Council of Confucius Institute Headquarters delivered the key-note speech and conferred awards for “Confucius Institute (Classroom) of the Year”, “Confucius Institute Individual of Excellent Performance 2016” and “Outstanding Confucius Institute Chinese Partner”.
To date, 511 Confucius Institutes and 1,073 Confucius Classrooms have been established in 140 countries. The Confucius Institute Conference, also known as the “Davos of Education”, is a grand annual meeting of Confucius Institutes around the world. As General Manager of the Confucius Institute at the state of Washington, Wang Wenqiu from SISU was awarded “Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence of the Year”.
The awarding ceremony
By the Department of International Cooperation and Communication