The 12th Confucius Institute Conference was held in Xi’an, China from December 12 to 13, 2017. More than 2,500 people from over 140 countries attended the conference, including university presidents and vice-presidents, CI (and CI Classrooms) directors, and delegates from other language and culture promotion organizations.
The theme of this conference is “Deepening collaboration, innovative development, and helping build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind”. During the two-day conference, many speakers shared their opinions concerning the development of the Confucius Institutes at the Conference Forum and the 15 Presidents’ Forums and Directors’ Forums.
Out of the 525 Confucius Institutes all over the world, 25 were granted the “Confucius Institute of the Year” Award. The Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan won this Award because of the great contributions it has done in 2017 to promote the Chinese language teaching, Chinese culture, cultural exchange and academic exchange between Canada and China.
Karen Chad, the U of S Vice-President Research as well as the Chair of the U of S CI Board, received the award from Ms. Liu Yandong, the Vice Premier Minister of China.
Other delegates from the U of S included Darcy Marciniuk, Associate Vice-President Research and Chair of the CI Management Committee, Li Zong, China Advisor and CI Canadian Director, and Ning Liu, CI Chinese Director.