From September 28th to 30th in 2013, Pro-gram Manager of CIUA, Dr. Larry Lang (as representative of CIUA directors) participated in the first Joint Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) hosted by Hanban.
Director General of Hanban, Madam Xu Lin, addressed the delegates at the opening ceremony. She gave a brief introduc-tion to the participants on the recent development of the Confucius Institutes around the world. During the two-day meet-ing, delegates received the news from representatives by the perspective departments from Hanban on major projects; they observed exemplary cases from six Confucius Institutes. At the closing ceremony, Deputy Director-General of Confucius Institutes Headquarters/Hanban, Mr. Yongli Wang, made his concluding remarks.
Dr. Larry Lang represented CIUA presented cultural activity reports in both Chinese and English to the headquarters/Hanban. Separated into eight panel discussion groups, the delegates also exchanged perspectives on “the Implementation of New Confucius Sinology Plan”, “core faculty plan”, “collaboration of Chinese language teacher program”, “local teachers training”, as well as planning for the 2014 “Confucius Institute Mandarin Day”, and many other issues. Dr. Larry Lang pro-vided his respective points of view on the topics mentioned above; he also offered suggestions and constructive comments in the group discussion. CIUA was delighted by this opportunity to deepen their knowledge of one another, and the pro-gression of sharing resources and exchange possibility in the future.