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China selects 199 new presidents for worldwide Confucius Institutes

04-22-2011 20:14 BJT

BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- The newly-appointed 199 Chinese presidents of Confucious Institutes around the world began assuming office this month, said China's Hanban, the Confucious Institute Headquarters, on Friday.

The Chinese presidents will work with their foreign counterparts to co-chair the institutes, according to relevant principles.

Hanban provides them with an employment period of two to four years, and requires that they are capable of teaching Chinese to foreigners.

The latest statistics from Hanban show that, at present, there are approximately 330 Confucius Institutes and 400 Confucius Classrooms in nearly 100 countries worldwide, bridging an important cultural exchange gap between China and other countries.

In 2004, China began establishing Confucious Institutes, non-profit, public institutions aimed at promoting Chinese language and culture in foreign countries.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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