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Submitted by confucius on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:58
Cultural bridge by Confucius Institute- China Daily Report
As China rises, so has need for wide range of Mandarin
With China's rising economic and political clout, a "China zeal" has swept many countries in recent years, and Australia is no exception.
With interest soaring, the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne has helped as a cultural ambassador.
"Since its establishment, the institute has been dedicated to promoting the Chinese language and culture in Australia at all levels as well as providing excellent education for those in the general public with an interest in Chinese language and culture," said Julia Gong, director of the institute.
Her own experience illustrates the rising trend.
"I started as a teacher here in 2007 and taught only one class with four students," Gong recalled. "Now we run three classes a night, Monday to Thursday. Our students are businesspeople and government officials who come to learn Chinese after work."
She said the institute has also designed and delivered courses to address special needs, for example diplomatic Chinese for a new ambassador to China in 2015, a Spring Festival breakfast series for the tourism industry and business Chinese in the city's financial district.
The institute's strong expertise and links with mainstream society have enabled it to deliver services and training to government organizations, corporations and professionals.
"Our advanced business courses and training are quite popular among Australian companies that want to do business in China, and for Chinese companies and executives wanting to do business in Australia. All this has helped enhance business and trade relations between the state of Victoria and China," said Gong.
Business-oriented programs focus on enhancing the business community's understanding of China by providing cross-cultural training on the rapidly changing economic, political, regulatory and social environment in China.
According to Gong, the institute has long-term links with a variety of industries including aviation, education, law, banking and government. Melbourne Airport, a major client of the institute, has sent a number of its employees, both at the operational and management level, to take instruction on language and cultural awareness.
"The Chinese market is one of our most important long-haul markets in passengers and growth. It's very important that our staff understand not only the language but some of the cultural nuances for passengers as they pass through our terminals," said Damian Tkalec, Chinese advisor to the CEO and strategic manager at the airport.
The institute is now partnered with Asialink Business, an active player in improving Australia's engagement with Asia, to revise the business culture course offered in 2015, Gong said.
"The institute has also played an important role in supporting schools in Victoria in their Chinese language and culture programs as well as exchange programs," she said.
In 2010, it partnered with the Victoria department of education and has since established Confucius classrooms at nine schools across the state. On Nov 14 the partnership was extended for another five years.
Supported by Hanban, the Confucius Institute's headquarters, it also organizes a tour to China each year for Australian elementary and middle school principals.
In October, an international forum on developing 21st century students was held in Beijing during the visit. Also attended by the Chaoyang district education commission, the forum hosted around 60 school principals from Australia and China.
"Such initiatives enhance education exchanges between the two countries. The institute is involved in the establishment of over 100 sister school partnerships between the two countries in the past five years," said Gong.
It was honored as the Confucius Institute of the Year in 2013 for its contribution to understanding between Australia and China.
View the original article in the China Daily here.
Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne’s 10th Anniversary Celebration- An evening with Nanjing University’s Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra
The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne presents a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert by the renowned Nanjing University Traditional Chinese Music Orchestra on August 24th. This performance will form part of NJU Orchestra's Australian tour, where they will perform 9 times across 4 states and territories. The evening will also include the announcement of the winner of the Xiamen Airlines photo competition who will receive a free ticket to China. Please join us for an evening of traditional Chinese music and celebration with friends of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Need to improve your basic language skills when engaging with Chinese business partners? This introductory session is designed to help small business staff who have either never learned or are just beginning to learn communication skills in Chinese. Learn basic greetings, an understanding of pronunciation and simple phrases for use in a business context. This event is part of the Victorian Government's Small Business Festival on August 17, 12-2pm.
Registrations and expressions of interest for the 2017 China Tour are due by August 11th 2017. This tour offers a fantastic opportunity for students and young professionals (aged 18-30) to learn about Chinese language and culture and the modern Chinese economy through a Nanjing University language short-course and business visits. The tour also includes a number of briefings and visits in the Yangtze River Delta region. The tour includes visits to Hangzhou, the host city of the 2016 G20 and small business centre of China, Nanjing, China’s ancient capital and place of one of China’s Top 5 Universities (Nanjing University) and Shanghai, the international financial and commercial centre of China.
Full details here.
Register your interest by paying the deposit via the Asialink E-cart.
We are proud to continue our Business Beginners Chinese Language Course in Term 3 in partnership with the Bank of Melbourne, which will run from July 20-September 21.
Please find the details below: Level: Chinese Business Beginners (no previous language learning required) Date: July 20-September 21 2017 (Thursdays).
Where: Bank of Melbourne, Level 2, 525 Collins St, Melbourne. Cost: $438 for new students. $394 for CI returning students, UoM alumni and Bank of Melbourne stakeholders (includes textbook, GST and course materials)
Register: via the Asialink E-Cart
Questions and enquiries: Ms. Linlin Lu 90358204.
Confucius Institute Term 3 Chinese Beginners Language Courses. Interested in studying Chinese? Term 3 courses at the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne will run from July 17 -September 23. A wide range of Mandarin Chinese classes will be on offer, at all levels and are open to the general public. For more information please visit the Confucius Institute website or contact Ms. Linlin Lu.