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10-23-2015 17:30 BJT

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There's a Confucius revival underway! And it's happening in Britain, which has more Confucius Institutes and classrooms than any other country in Europe. As part of his current state visit to the U.K., Chinese President Xi Jinping, along with Prince Andrew, unveiled the one-thousandth Confucius Classroom in the world. It was a heart-warming experience for Britain's educational leaders.

The president said the institutes and classrooms have for years made great strides in introducing Chinese culture to Britain, promoting communication between the two countries, and building a bridge of friendship.

Peter Moizer, Dean of Leeds University Business School said:""He was enthusiastic for the project, and how he valued what we were doing. But also the fact that the Britain is the leader in Europe for Confucius Institute. And that was very impressive. I haven't realized we were so important."

"I think that was a genuine sense of commitment that you've seen. China has a big role to play," said Paul W. Thomson, Rector of Jordanhill School, Glasgow.

Confucius Schools in UK have developed a different character from its counterparts in other European countries. Besides language and culture, schools here also focus on different subjects or specialities, including business school, Chinese medicine, creative industry, and even performance.

Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London said:"I think he is genuinely commited to 'Hanban' and Confucius Institute not only in language, but also in dance and performance. They are very very good partner. So we have a great relationship and many students want to study and learn."

"I'm the director Confucius Institute for the University of Leeds. We are working with University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. So we have good relations with them, developing this Confucius Institute. But we are a business Confucius Institute. We are very interested in Confucius world of culture not only in culture, language, but also in business. We try to foster Chinese and British business as well as the cultural side of the institute," said Moizer.

British universities and schools have been very keen on the education of Chinese language and culture in recent years. There are already 29 Confucius institutes and 126 classrooms in Britain, ranking first in terms of number in Europe.

In the past five years, Chinese Confucius Schools and classes have been increasing on an unprecendeted speed, and many are still applying for hosting a Confucius School.

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