LSBU Vice-Chancellor presented with Confucius Institute award
09 December 2014
The award was presented as part of the
opening ceremony of the 9th Confucius Institute Conference in China, where
representatives of more than 400 Confucius Institutes (CI) worldwide were
welcomed by Hanban - a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry
of Education which coordinates the CI programme.
Professor Phoenix was one of only 30
people affiliated with the global network of Confucius Institutes to receive
the award - which recognises exceptional service and leadership. Given the
significance of the award the presentation was made by China's Vice-Premier,
Following the award, Professor
Phoenix said: "I have worked with colleagues in China for a number of years and
believe there is great opportunity for London South Bank University, as well as
benefits to the wider UK economy, from partnerships between China and the UK. China's
economy is one of the largest in the world and many businesses will be working
with Chinese organisations at some point in the future.
Having a Confucius Institute
associated with the University provides opportunities for our staff and students
to gain further insight and experience of Chinese language and culture as well
as access to study tours all of which will help provide an advantage in both
the UK and overseas employment markets.
"In 2014 LSBU's Confucius Institute
was the first in the UK to achieve model institute status and I see this award
as a testament to the dedication and hard work of the staff that have supported
our work in this area."
The Confucius Institute for Traditional
(CITCM) at London South Bank University is one of the first Confucius
Institutes in the world to focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Partnered
with two Chinese universities - Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and
Harbin Normal University - the CITCM receives Chinese teachers to the UK to
support teaching and learning of Chinese culture and language. It also supports
joint research activities with the School of Health and Social Care and LSBU
students opportunities to study in China.