From 3rd to 12th March, Prof. Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was invited as an overseas delegate to attend the second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
“Two Sessions” is a common Chinese abbreviation for the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). As the top legislative and advisory bodies in China, the NPC & CPPCC annual sessions address the national policies, review the report on the work of the government and make national-level decisions. The 2014 NPC & CPPCC annual sessions invited 35 overseas delegates from 21 countries to attend the conferences.
Madam Xu Lin,
Director-general of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Prof. Liming Wang, Director of the UCD CII.
In the group discussion, Prof. Liming Wang made two proposals. First, to enhance the education in Chinese language and culture overseas, the government administrative structure needs to be reformed. The current structure which has three parallel institutions involved in promoting Chinese language and culture overseas — Hanban (the Confucius Institute Headquarters), the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, and the Ministry of Culture — should be abandoned. A new office – The Office of Chinese Language and Culture Council International – based on Hanban, should be established and merged with the functions of Chinese language education for overseas Chinese (under the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council) and the Chinese Culture Centres (under the Ministry of Culture). The new Office would be responsible for promoting, coordinating and planning Chinese language and culture education overseas. Thus, optimized resource allocation and resource sharing can be achieved.
Prof. Liming Wang interviewed by People.cn about
the promotion of Chinese education overseas
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 talents. Innovation in our educational ideals is the prerequisite for all of these. The new educational ideal should be able to draw on the essence of both eastern and western culture. It should tackle challenges from the rapidly developing world of information communication 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 Bulletin 51 of the CPPCC.
During the meeting, Prof. Liming Wang was interviewed by People.cn about the promotion of Chinese education overseas, 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.