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President Monte CASSIM Attends the 3rd World Confucius Institute Conference

Dec 18, 2008

From Tuesday, December 9, 2008, until Thursday 11, the "3rd World Confucius Institute Conference" was held at 'The Great Hall of the People' and Beijing International Hotel in Beijing, China. From APU, President Monte CASSIM, Director, the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University KORENAGA Shun and Deputy Director, the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University NISHIKAWA Koji attended.

Former Prime Minister MURAYAMA Tomiichi and Advisor to the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, participated deeply impressed the participants as he spoke of the role that the Confucius Institutes play in Sino-Japan relations and international peace. Institute Director KORENAGA gave a report entitled "The Role the Confucius Institute plays in University Development"

Representatives from the universities where the 290 Confucius Institutes in 78 countries and regions are located came to together for the conference which comprised of 3 sections: a plenary session, an executive board meeting and training workshop for Institute Directors under the theme of "The Confucius Institute and Globalizing Education". During the conference, visits to the Confucius Institute Head Office and famous historical remains were held as well as an exchange exhibition.

The "Confucius Institute" is a government project that has been established by the Chinese government around the world to spread the Chinese language and deepen peoples understanding of Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan University was jointly established with the Ritsumeikan Academy in October 2005. The Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was established in April 2007 -the first Confucius Institute in Kyushu. The Institute holds various lectures and Chinese classes for the general public and, of course, on-campus, and is developing events to promote an understanding of Chinese culture and arts.

The Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University web-page:
http://www.apu.ac.jp/confucius/



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