As of 2005, The Popular Republic of China decided that the economical strategy used world wide should be reinforced by an equally cultural strategy. For this purpose, the Confucius Institutes and Classes (for Chineze language and culture) were born.
The whole activity is coordinated from Beijing through Hanban (the Institutes’ Headquarters) in partnership with the Ministry of Finace and the Ministry of Education with the assistance of prestigious universities involved in this extensive project.
~ 2011 ~
In March 2011, at Ovidius University, Constanta, the first Confucius Class started its activity. At the opening ceremony the most important Chineze diplomats in Romania were present (i.e. their Excellencies the Chineze Ambasador and the General Consul). This reflects the importance which the Chineze side has for this project.
The Confucius Class from Ovidius University has approximately 60 students. In the summer of 2011, 6 students participated in the Chineze Summer School which took place in China. The Summer School lasted for a month, giving the students the possibility of attending Chineze language and culture classes at several universities from Beijing and Shanghai.
In October 2011, the students organised a photo exhibition entitled «China…our story », which was quite a success.
In December 2011, as the Director of the Confucius Class, I was invited to Beijing, at the 6th Conference of the Confucius Institutes. Approximately 1500 directors of Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classes from all over the world came and 200 rectors from the most prestigious universities attended the event.
This conferece gave me the opportunity of seeing the force and power of the Confucius project. In the next ten years there will be over 500 Confucius Institutes and 1000 Confucius Classes. I have to say that we are witnessing a true United Nations…through Culture. If in the United Nations there are certain political, ideological, economical, military differences, here, in the Confucius Institutes Organization we can talk about culture, mutual knowledge, multiculturalism and harmony.
At the end of the year, celebrating the winter holidays, the students, gathered around the Christmas tree, discussed all the achievements of 2011 and made plans for 2012!
~ 2012 ~
In January 2012, celebrating the New Chinese Year, The General Consulate of the Popular Republic of China offered a dinner party in honour of the students of the Confucius Class. The students prepared an artistic moment, singing songs and poems in Chineze, which the hosts really enjoyed.
Celebrating one year since its inauguration, between 22 and 24 March 2012, the event entitled „The Days of Chinese Culture. The Open Doors at the Confucius Class” was organised. On the first day, two exhibits were organised. The first one consisted on photographs and was entitled „Tresures of the Chinese Culture” presented important Chinese art and culture monuments which are part of the universal heritage (e.g. The Terracota Army from Xi’an, The Great Wall, The Imperial Palace from Beijing, The Yuyuan Gardens from Shanghai, etc.).
The photographs were made by Professor Iolanda Ţighiliu, the director of the Confucius Class, on her journeys to the Republic of China, between 2005 -2011.
The second exhibit, was a book launch entitled „China, closer and closer!”, and the audience was able to see a part of the books which the Confucius Class received, as a donation, from Hanban (The General Headquarters of the Confucius Institutes and Classes, with its office in Beijing).
In the days that followe, the movied „The last emperor” was screened and a workshop on Chinese handwriting was organised, which received a lot of attention.
At the end of April, we were among the most important partners of the first international Kites festival organised in Romania, in Mamaia. We we delightfully surprised by the visit of the „Armonia” group (music band) of the Confucius Class from the „Sigismund Toduţă” Highschool of Music and Arts from Deva, which sang Chinese music. After their performance, we organised a visit, for them, to the National Museum of History and Archaeology from Constanţa.
At the beginning of May, a representative of the Confucius Class participated in the competition „Podul Chinezesc” (for Chinese language and culture) which took place in Deva. From the 30 participants from Bucharest, Sibiu and Cluj, our representative, Tabacu Ana, won the 3rd place. It is a very good result taking into account that Ana is in the 7th grade and it was the first time that she participated in such a national competition.
As a culmination of the efforts of Professor Wang Xiaoqiang, lecturer at the University of Beijing for Language and Culture, and of the seriousness and determination of our students, the Confucius Class received from Hanban the right to organise HSK (Han yu shui ping kao shi) exams for the level of Chinese language. Receiving this right is indeed amazing! Thus, we became the forth institution from Romania (after the University of Bucharest, The Confucius Institute from Sibiu and Cluj) and the first Confucius Class from the country which has the right to organise this type of examination. The topics were received from China and the papers will be graded there. At the end, the certificates of Chinese competence will also come from China and they have world-wide recognition. On June 17, 2012, 16 of our students took the HSK examn (for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd level).
The closing of the 2011-2012 university year here at the Confucius Class from Ovidius University, Constanta was celebrated by the “Sinology Festival”.
Taking this opportunity, University received the visit of the General Consul, Mr. SU YANWEN, from the Chinese Consulate from Constanta, Consul WANG QINGSHAN, also, from the Chinese Consulate from Constanta, Professor BIAN ZHENGDONG, representing the Chinese Ministry of Education from the Chinese Embassy in Romania, Professor SONG SHAOFENG from the Beijing University for Language and Culture, director of the Confucius Institute from Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu and of Professor WANG XIAOQIANG, from the Beijing University for Language and Culture, professor at the Confucius Class from Ovidius University. The Chinese officials were accompanied by Professor IOLANDA ŢIGHILIU, director of the Confucius Class from Ovidius University.
During the pleasant discussions, the role of the Confucius Class in the friendship relations between our countries was pinpointed. The Chinese officials appreciated the activity of the team of the Confucius Class, highlighting the long experience of Professor IOLANDA ŢIGHILIU in the Romanian-Chinese relations.
The visit of the Chinese officials was posted on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
After the talks, the Chinese Officials attended, in the Aula Magna, the Awards Ceremony and the concert of Chinese music offered by “The Friends of Confucius” band.
It was for the first time that Chinese Music was played in our university and the audience was delighted.
As a recognition of our activity, this year the Confucius Class received, for the second time six places at the Summer School in China. Like last year, six students will attend, for several weeks, intensive courses on Chinese language and culture held at different universities from Beijing and Shanghai. This way they have the opportunity of „seeing” the Chinese culture!
The impressive activity of the Confucius Class from Ovidius University was highly appreciated by the Chinese Embassy from Bucharest which congratulated us.
On October 8, 2012 Class Confucius began courses. From the Chinese side attended Mr. Song Shaofeng, director of the Confucius Institute at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu and Miss. Shao Ling teacher. From the side of “Ovidius” University of Constanta were present Associate Professor Ph.D. Florin Anghel, Vice-Rector responsible with strategy, institutional development and quality management, Assistant Professor Ph.D. Emanuel Plopeanu, Dean of the Faculty of History and Political Science, University Professor Ph.D. Iolanda Ţighiliu, director of Confucius Class and Ph.D. Lascu Alina, with many students, eager to start the Chinese language courses.
On December 5, “Ovidius” University of Constanta was honored to receive the visit of an important delegation of professors from prestigious Beijing Language and CultureUniversity, led by Mr. Huo Mingjie Vice-Rector. In the delegation were also the representatives of Confucius Institute at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu.
The Chinese guests were accompanied by members of the General Consulate of the PopularRepublic of China from Constanta, headed by Mr. Su Yanwen, General Consul and University Professor Ph.D. Iolanda Ţighiliu, director of Confucius Class.
At the meeting, university representatives emphasize the major role of the partnership between Confucius Class from our university and Beijing Language and Culture University.
Although had been found in a short time the Confucius Class was enjoying a growing interest on the part of young people from Constanta eager to learn Chinese language.
University representatives awarded a Diploma of Excellence to the Confucius Institute from Sibiu that celebrate 5 years of activity.
In the central hall of the “Ovidius” University (Campus) took place a photo exhibition “Together Summer School, China, 2012,” conducted by Confucius Class’s students who participated at intensive language study in China.
Then, at the Faculty of History and Political Science, the Chinese delegation met the Confucius language learners, the teachers from Beijing were very pleased to hear them speaking Chinese.
At the action from the “Ovidius” University attended the representatives of the entire diplomatic corps accredited in Constanta (from the site of the Republic of Turkey and of the Russian Federation), Director of Turkish Cultural Center “Yunus Emre”, many students and teachers. The visit, which had a big success, will contribute to enhancing the friendly relations between Romania and PopularRepublic of China.
On December 7, the Confucius Institute at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu celebrated five years of activity, that was celebrat with a special program, which was attended by Chinese Ambassador in Romania, and former Ambassador of Romania in China, ES Romulus Ioan Budura and writer and the journalist and writer Emil Hurezeanu. Invited on this occasion, University Professor Ph.D. Iolanda Ţighiliu and Ph.D. Lascu Alina, collaborator of Confucius Class, represented the “Ovidius” University of Constanta at this festive event.
At the ceremony were punctuated aspects regarding the upward trajectory of Confucius Institute in this five years since its establishment, the dissemination of results and activities (educational and cultural) organized under the auspices of the Confucius Institute at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu.
The University Professor Ph.D. Iolanda Ţighiliu, along with Professor Gh Ioan Mihuţ from Confucius Class of the High School of Music and Fine Arts Sigismund Toduta of Deva, Ph.D. Feng Shaozong, Director of Confucius Institute at the “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca and Ph.D. Yang Zhaoyu, Director of Confucius Institute at Transilvania University of Brasov, presented a congratulatory message and received also a Diploma of Excellence for the work well-done at the Confucius Class from the “Ovidius” University of Constanta.
On December 18, 2012, the Confucius Class’s students gathered around the Christmas tree to wish Merry Christmas and to spend some quality time together.
~ 2013 ~
During the “Spring Feast” (the Chinese New Year) the Confucius Class’s students and the quartet “ the Confucius’s friends” organized a nice show and a movie called ” Together “, which was highly appreciated by the Chinese partners, namely Beijing Language and Culture University and Hanban – Confucius Institutes Headquarters.
With the occasion of the Chinese New Year, Confucius Class’s students were invited, by Su Yanwen the general consul at the reception organized by the General Consulate of China in Constanta. Through a specially prepared artistic moment, the students have sent good thoughts to the Chinese friends, health and prosperity for the New Year.
On February 18, 2013, at the beginning of the second half of the semester, the leadership of the Class Confucius Class handed the diplomas to students for different levels of Chinese language after the exam HSK (Han yu shui ping kao shi).
Between April 23 and 24 were held „The Days of Chinese Culture.” On this occasion there were organized two actions:
– The exhibition «The Chinese gardens’ splendor», which included photographs taken by Professor Iolanda Ţighiliu , director of Confucius Class when she was traveling in China during the years 2005-2012.
– The exhibition «Chinese foods’ flavor», which gave to the students the opportunity to know better the traditional Chinese cuisine. Together with our students were present some of the members of the Chinese community that are living in Constanta.
On June 16, the Confucius class had held the HSK Exam (Han yu shui ping kao shi) for different levels of Chinese language; the exam has been attended by 18 students. The subjects were sent to us from China and the correction of the papers has been done also there. In the end, from China will come the Chinese language proficiency certificates, those certificates are available worldwide!
The academic year 2012-2013 ended with «Feast of Sinology», marked on June 17. In the presence of the distinguished guests, the students of the Class Confucius had held a beautiful artistic moment: they had been recited poems and traditional Chinese songs.
Also in the recognition of our work, this year we also get seats for the Confucius Class Summer School in China. Nine students had participated for two weeks on intensive courses of Chinese language and culture at universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Shaoxing and Hangzhou, which allow them to know China for real!
On October 7, 2013 Class Confucius began courses. From the Chinese side has attended Professor Xiao Jijiun, Mrs. Professor Iolanda Ţighiliu, director of Confucius Class and Ph.D. Alina Lascu with many students eager to start Chinese language courses. Also, Professor Xiao organized the Taijiquan classes, that students are enjoyed with much interest.
The students who attended the Summer School in China organized a photo exhibition titled «Discovering China ” , that has been attended by Mr. Professor Ph.D Song Shaofang, director of the Confucius Institute at the „Lucian Blaga” University from Sibiu , the diplomatic corps accredited in Constanta, members of the Chinese and “Ovidius” academic community and numerous students.
On December 18, 2013, the leadership of the Confucius Class hold an action called «Christmas Traditions», that was an opportunity for the Chinese community how lives in Constanta to learn the beautiful habits of Romanian’s winter holidays.
~ 2014 ~
On January 22, 2014, the leadership of the Class Confucius Class handed the diplomas to students for different levels of Chinese language after the exam HSK (Han yu shui ping kao shi).
With the occasion of the Chinese New Year, on January 23, 2014, Confucius Class’s students were invited, by Su Yanwen the general consul at the reception organized by the General Consulate of China in Constanta. Through a specially prepared artistic moment, the students have sent good thoughts to the Chinese friends, health and prosperity for the New Year.
During the period 11 to 17 April, 2014, the delegation of Confucius Class, consisting of Professor Ph.D Iolanda Ţighiliu, Director of Confucius Class and Ph.D. Alina Lascu visited Beijing Language and Culture University and Hanban, the Confucius Institute’s Center, signing a new cooperation agreement.
On June 13, 2014, Confucius Class organized the action „Feast of Sinology”, The Third Edition. On this occasion, we organized , also, a photo exhibition, „Class Confucius. Retrospective 2011-2014” and an artistic supported by Confucius Class students.
On June 14, 2014, the students had the examination for HSK Test (for different levels of Chinese language), finishing the academic year with good results.
Also in the recognition of our work, this year we also get seats for the Confucius Class Summer School in China. Two students had participated for two weeks on intensive courses of Chinese language and culture at universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Shaoxing and Hangzhou, which allow them to know China for real!
Under the guidance of Professor Xiao and Professor Wang, our students organized, on September 26, 2014, a beautiful activity during The 10th anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes.
On September 29, 2014, Confucius Class participated at the Reception organized to celebrate The 65th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of China. On this occasion, our students sent best wishes, health, prosperity and happiness for the entire Chinese people!
On October 6, 2014 began classes at Confucius Class. From the Chinese side attended Professor Xiao Jijiun, Miss Wang Yuqin, Mrs. Prof. Iolanda Ţighiliu, director of the Confucius Class and dr. Alina Lascu, along with many students. From this autumn, Confucius Class increased its team with another teacher who will teach Chinese language and it is a Romanian language speaker! At the first meeting, the students received the diploma for HSK Chinese language test.
In November, Confucius Class starts the colaboration with prestigious institutions: „George Calinescu High School” , „Mircea cel Batran National College”, and signed a cooperation agreement with SC China Shipping (Romania) Agency CO. LTD. SRL, reaching 150 students enrolled in Chinese language courses.
Class Confucius organized the action: „Christmas Traditions 2014”. That was an opportunity for the Chinese community how lives in Constanta to learn the beautiful habits of Romanian’s winter holidays.
~ 2015 ~
During the Spring Festival, on February 8, 2015, Confucius Class organized a Calligraphy Workshop, cutting colored paper and play with chopsticks! The participants at Spring Festival received symbolic prizes.
In March 2015, Class Confucius celebrated 4 years of activity. On this occasion, on March 26, 2015, a photo exhibition was organized: „Confucius Class. Bridge of friendship between Romania and China“. The event was attended by representatives of the leadership of Ovidius University, the General Consulate People’s Republic of China and Embassy People’s Republic of China in Romania. Our students interpreted beautiful artistic moments. As a symbol of the friendship between our countries, was unveiled „STONE OF FRIENDSHIP“, dedicated to the collaboration between Romanian and Chinese Professors.
On October 5, 2015 had begun classes at Confucius Class. From this autumn, Confucius Class increased its team with another Chinese teacher!
In October and November 2015 Class Confucius concluded cooperation agreements on three years with prestigious schools (High School „Traian”), schools in Constanta (Afterschool – „kites-sight”).
On December 7, 2015, and were handed diplomas to students who supported HSK Chinese language test in the month of June 2015.
In December, was organized by the Confucius Class the action „Christmas Traditions, 2015,” and the Chinese community in Constanta had the opportunity to know the habits of Romanians in the beautiful winter holidays.
~ 2016 ~
On the occasion of the Feast of Spring, on February 1, 2016, Confucius Class organized, at „George Calinescu”, „Chinese Culture Day” – Calligraphy workshop, cutting colored paper and play with chopsticks.
On February 3, 2016, Confucius Class organized the „Chinese New Year Traditions”. Confucius Class students, together with members of the Chinese community, celebrated the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year).
On 12 May 2016, Confucius Class has entered into a cooperation agreement for three years, with „Ovidius” Lyceum to encourage and promote the study of Chinese language and culture.
„Ovidius” University of Constanta and Confucius Class, with Beijing Language and Culture University, with the support of Hanban, China, organized, within 2 to 4 June 2016, „The 1st International Conference – The Confucius Project –A Friendship Bridge between China and the Danube Region Countries“. The opening ceremony was held on June 2, 2016, at the Senate Hall of the „Ovidius” University of Constanta (Campus, Building A, first floor, University Alley No. 1), from 10.00. On this occasion, was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to Professor Cui Xiliang PhD., President of Beijing Language and Culture University in China.
Between October 7-15, 2016, a delegation of „Ovidius“ University of Constanta formed by Associate professor Liliana-Ana Tuta PhD., Vice-Rector, and Professor Iolanda Tighiliu PhD., director of Confucius Classroom , has pay a visit to Beijing University for Foreign Studies, HANBAN (Center of the Confucius Institute) and at the Beijing University for Language and Culture. On this occasion, it was signed a cooperation agreement between the „Ovidius“ University of Constanta and Beijing University for Foreign Studies. Also, the delegation from „Ovidius“ University of Constanta has fruitful discussions with the representatives of the leadership of the Center of the Confucius Institute (HANBAN) and of the Beijing University for Language and Culture.
In December, was organized by the Confucius Class the action „Christmas Traditions, 2016,” and the Chinese community in Constanta had the opportunity to know the habits of Romanians in the beautiful winter holidays.
Professor Iolanda ŢIGHILIU Ph.D.