The opening ceremony of the 5th Confucius Institute Conference was held on December 10th at the National Convention Centere in Beijing China. The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was awarded Confucius Institute of the year 2010.
Li Changchun (R), Standing Committee Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attended the opening ceremony. Liu Yandong, Chinese State Councilor and chair of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, also attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.
The conference, themed "Sustainable Development of the Confucius Institute," attracted 1,400 university presidents and Confucius Institute representatives from 96 countries and regions. Among the over more than 300 Confucius Institutes all over the world, there are 30 Confucius Institutes of the year 2010. The UCD Confucius Institute has been honoured as an outstanding Confucius Institute awardedfor the third time in its four years' existence as an outstanding Confucius Institute in its four years' establishment.
During the Conference, students from 33 Confucius Institutes in 28 countries staged a performance entitled "Garden Full of the Beauty of Spring". Girls Female students from Loreto Bray, the Confucius Classroom of the UCD Confucius Institute, sang a Chinese song named Smiling and Singing, which impressed everyone. Being the first secondary school in Ireland one ofto teach Chinese Chinese promotion in secondary school in Ireland, students of Loreto Bray have studied Chinese for three years, and demonstrated the achievements of their language learning and the efforts of the hardworking teachers' hardworking of UCD Confucius Institutes.