Issue 9
Monday, 06 June 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
From left: Mr Wang Hua accepts a gift from Mr Xu Xiao to the Confucius Institute. The painting of eight running horses represents Mr Xu’s hope of continued running and development of the institute at CDU
From left: Mr Wang Hua accepts a gift from Mr Xu Xiao to the Confucius Institute. The painting of eight running horses represents Mr Xu’s hope of continued running and development of the institute at CDU

Visit strengthens relations

By Leanne Miles

Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks recently welcomed the Minister Counsellor for Education at the Chinese Embassy in Australia, Mr Xu Xiao, during his visit to the university’s Confucius Institute.

Confucius Institute Chinese Director Wang Hua said the visit by Mr Xu aimed to strengthen relations with the Northern Territory Government and expand linkages across the education sector.

While in Darwin, Mr Xu also visited Woodroffe Primary School to discuss the school’s participation in the Confucius Classroom Program.

“The CDU Confucius Institute currently has three off-campus Chinese language teaching points with a total of about 600 students at Larrakeyah Primary School, Leanyer Primary School and Nakara Primary School,” Mr Wang said.

“The Confucius Classroom Program is very popular all over the world, with more than 1000 Confucius Classrooms established in about 134 countries. We are hoping to establish the program in the Northern Territory.”

The Minister Counsellor also met with representatives from the Department of Education to discuss partnership and collaboration opportunities including the teaching of Chinese language in NT schools, development of the CDU Confucius Institute and avenues for school participation in the Confucius Classroom program.

The Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University was established in 2011 as a partnership between CDU, Hainan University and Anhui Normal University.

Primary and middle schools interested in language programs at the CDU Confucius Institute should contact Joey Zhou on T: 8946 7677 or E: Joey.Zhou@cdu.edu.au.