Confucius Institutes in Oceania gathered in Auckland
Directors from eighteen Confucius Institutes in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand visited Auckland on 27th October for the annual Joint Conference of Oceanian Confucius Institutes. The delegates also include representatives from our foundational partners, Confucius Institute Headquarters and Fudan University. This is the second time CI Auckland hosting a regional CI conference since last time in 2010.
As part of the preogramme, the delegates visited four local schools, Westlake Boys’ High School, St Peter’s College, Meadowbank School, and Newmarket School, three of which are Confucius Classrooms. The delegates had chances with some field observations of the Chinese teaching programmes in NZ schools.
In the first session of the conference, CI Auckland shared a panel discussion with the delegation on the topic, “Chinese in Schools: A New Zealand Experience”. The guest panelists are Sarah Wang, Chinese language teacher at Onehunga High School and former Mandarin Language Assistant (2012 class), and Craig Holt, principal of Willow Park School. Nora Yao, director of CI Auckland, and Janine Chin, manager of CI Auckland, joined the discussion with them from different perspectives. The panel discussion received a lot of feedbacks from the delegates from overseas.
Guests are welcomed by the student Kapa Haka group from Auckland’s St Peter’s College
In the afternoon, all the delegates from participating Confucius Institutes in the region delivered presentations about their own programmes and discussed various other topics.
Professor Yuan Zhenghong, vice president of Fudan University, also made remarks from the perspective of a Chinese partner university. He said that Fudan University would keep developing and supporting the international collaborations and exchanges based on the platform of Confucius Institute.
The conference was also supported by Otago University and held at the Otago University House in Auckland.