CIQ was honoured to have Dr Zhao Yongchen, Chinese Consul General and Professor Scott Sheppard, QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor as special guests at the formal opening of 10th CIQ Confucius Classroom at the Queensland Academy of Science Mathematics and Technology (QASMT). Ms Kath Kayrooz, QASMT Principal, and Consul General Zhao unveiled the Confucius Classroom plaque.
IMAGE: Consul General Zhao and Ms Kayrooz, QASMT Principal, unveil the Confucius Classroom plaque.
In his speech, Consul General Zhao congratulated QASMT and CIQ on the establishment of the Confucius classroom. He said, ‘China and Australia both belong to Asia-Pacific region and the two countries share more and more communication and cooperation in economy, science and technology, education and humanities. I hope that QASMT can set up a friendly relationship with Chinese middle schools to promote the learning of Chinese language. The students in QASMT can learn Chinese language and culture well so that they can serve as a bridge between China and Australia and make a contribution for China-Australia cooperation in the future.’
QUT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Sheppard commented on the important role of Chinese teachers in his speech. He said, ‘We believe that teachers are the key to second language success, and as some of you will know, QUT’s Confucius Institute works with exceptional Chinese language teachers. These teachers bring valuable knowledge and dedication to the teaching of the Chinese language, and are helping pave the way for the future of Australia’s global economy and global communities.’
QUT CIQ looks forward to an ongoing strong and successful relationship with QASMT and its Confucius Classroom.