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Carleton Opens Confucius Institute

25 APR 2012
Topic : Education News

Carleton University has officially opened its Confucius Institute (you make may your own “Confucius Says…” joke here).

Carleton Confucius Ceremony

Housed in Carleton’s River Building, the new National Capital Confucius Institute will offer courses and programs on language, Chinese culture, business practices and China-Canada relations. It will also focus on “the integral nature of both language and cultural aspects of developing relations and business partnerships with the China, the Institute will help bridge cross-cultural awareness and understanding”.

The official opening was commemorated by an event at Ottawa City Hall, with a Chinese delegation in attendance, which included Cai Wu, Minister of Culture, Cai Fuchao, Minister of State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and Mr. Jiang Zenwei, Vice Minister Commerce, among others. Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of China, Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters of China, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented a plaque in commemoration of the Institute.

“We are honoured to have our Chinese partners with us today to celebrate this important occasion,” Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte  said . “Our collaborations will result in new discoveries and opportunities that will enrich us all and establish Carleton as a critical link in facilitating new research relationships between universities and companies.”

To accomplish this, the school has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with Central-China Normal University and Wuhan Digital Media Company. The goal is to develop a digital media product, called the Canada-China Digital Media Bridge, which will develop a unique and compelling digital cultural experience which will further promote language, digital culture and tourism in each country.

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