Joint Conference of Australian Confucius Institutes
The 2014 Joint Conference of Australian Confucius Institutes was convened at the Australia China Business Council over two days on 4 and 5 September 2014. The Conference was attended by senior representatives from all of Australia’s 13 Confucius Institutes, with delegates focused on creating a vehicle to enable high-level national collaboration to increase the network’s visibility in Australia’s industry and public policy making communities.
The Conference held a special ceremony attended by a range of dignitaries including His Excellency Mr Li Huaxin, Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney; Mr Wang Yongli, Executive Deputy Director-General of Hanban and Deputy Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters; Dr Jim Harrowell AM, President of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council and Ms Fiona Docherty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), UNSW Australia.
Delegates agreed on forming a range of working groups to establish a formal network that would enable national collaboration. The new network will be focused on a range of issues including providing a national corporate training platform to meet Corporate Australia’s growing need for expertise in Chinese language and culture, engaging with Australian Government agencies on foreign policy initiatives such as the New Colombo Plan, schools outreach and contributing to public discourse on the Sino-Australian relationship.
The Conference was jointly hosted by the Confucius Institutes of UNSW Australia and the University of Newcastle.
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