On the afternoon of May 21st, the Confucius Institute of Suan Dusit University at Suphanburi (CISDUS) held its 2020 council meeting in both the conference rooms of Suan Dusit University, Thailand (SDU) and Guangxi University, China (GXU) out of the need to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic, being the first video-connected online council in the history of the Confucius Institute. SDU Vice-President Pitauk Chancharoen, Vice-President Pacharee Suankaew, Vice-President Waranee Vessoontorntep and Vice-President Pornchanit Kaew-nate, and GXU Vice President Fan Zuojun, other council members, advisors, and both the Chinese and Thai directors of the CISDUS, altogether 19 people, attended the meeting.
At the meeting, Vice President Pitauk Chancharoen highly praised the development of the Confucius Institute in the past year and expressed his affirmation and expectations for the friendly cooperation and exchange between Suan Dusit University and Guangxi University. Vice President Fan Zuojun expressed his pride in the fruitful work of the Confucius Institute in his speech. He believed that the Confucius Institute’s role as a bridge and platform for cooperation between the two universities was becoming more and more obvious, and he hoped that the CISDUS should continue to promote its brand and the development of the international Chinese language education.
The meeting reviewed the main work achievements of the Confucius Institute in the past year and approved the Confucius Institute’s 2019 project final accounting report, the 2020 project budget plan and the third five-year development plan (2019- 2023). The council members of the two sides focused on and discussed about such issues as how to adapt to the needs of public diplomacy and cultural exchanges between China and Thailand, how to seize the opportunity in continuously improving the international Chinese language education to give full play to the platform role of the Confucius Institute to make due contributions to the development of China-Thailand friendly relations.
The CISDUS is the first Confucius institute jointly-built by Guangxi University overseas. After 14 years of development, the CISDUS has become a bridge of culture and friendship between the peoples of China and Thailand and between Guangxi University and Suan Dusit University as well. The council meeting this year has made it a consensus that Guangxi University and Suan Dusit University should build up a strategic partnership, and both the two universities are fully confident of a brighter future.