The University of Sheffield has awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters to the Director General of Hanban – the Office of Chinese Language Council International – and the Cheif Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, in a special degree ceremony in Beijing.
Madame Xu Lin, is a chemist and economist by training, who over the last decade has successfully overseen the development of the concept of the Confucius Institute across the globe.
The Confucius Institute is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to promote and teach Chinese language and culture around the world. The first institute opened in Seoul, South Korea, in 2004 and there are now over 480 Confucius Institutes across six continents, including in the city of Sheffield.
The University of Sheffield was one of the first universities in the UK to host a Confucius Institute, and in 2010 the Sheffield Institute was named Confucius Institute of the Year.
Madam Xu, whose personal commitment to cultural exchange reflects her own time working in both the US and Canada, said: “There are more than 10,000 teachers and volunteers in overseas Confucius Institutes. They are the living embodiment of China and Chinese culture.”
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