From 3rd March to 12th March, Prof. Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was invited as a representative to attend the second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
“Two Meetings” is a common Chinese abbreviation for the annual meetings of the National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). As the top legislative and consultative body in China, the NPC & CPPCC annual sessions address the state policies, review the report on the work of the government and make decisions about state affairs. The 2014 NPC & CPPCC annual sessions invited 35 overseas delegates from 21 countries to attend the conferences.
In the panel discussion, Prof. Liming Wang made two proposals. First, to better the education in Chinese language and culture overseas, the management structure needs to be transformed. The former structure which has three parallel institutions — Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters), the Chinese Education of the Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs, and the Chinese Culture Centre of the Ministry of Culture — must be abandoned. A new International Chinese Language and Culture Promotion Office based on Hanban should be created, with the function of coordinating between the parties concerned and also general planning. Thus, an optimized resource allocation and resource sharing can be achieved.
Second, the innovation of educational ideals is the core of all innovations. A nation cannot develop without innovation and innovation will not happen unless we have innovative people. Innovation in our educational ideals is the prerequisite for all of these. The new educational ideal should be able to address the essence of both eastern and western culture. It should tackle challenges from the rapidly developing world of information technology, masses of on-line information, and the era of big data. Students educated under this new ideal should have the 3 ‘CHA’, i.e. Critical thinking, Creative thinking, Challenging thinking; Holistic view, Harmonious view, Historical view; Analytical skill, Accessing skill, and Applied skill. These two proposals were both published in the 51st Report of the CPPCC.
During the meeting, Prof. Liming Wang was interviewed by People.cn about the promotion of Chinese education, and attended the press conference about the development of Confucius Institutes organised by Xinhua News Agency, Guangming Daily, Economic Daily, China Culture, and China Business Times.
Interview web link: http://ft.people.com.cn/fangtanDetail.do?pid=913