Central South University currently collaborates with The Confucius Institute at the University of Orléans and The Confucius Institute at Congolese Diplomatic Academy. In October 2020, both Confucius Institutes were granted HSK test sites.
The Confucius Institute at Congolese Diplomatic Academy officially launched on August 21, 2018. As of November 2020, there are a total of 350 registered students. We have opened two primary Chinese classes and one intermediate Chinese class. We have also organized more than 10 cultural-experience activities, attracting over 1,000 people to participate. In cooperation with the Cultural Department of the Chinese Embassy in the Democratic Republic, we have established a language-culture long-distance exchange center, organized regular cultural festivals, and set up a cultural exchange platform.
The school is part of the Foreign Relations Department of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It aims to provide on-the-job training in information technology and language for government officials. We will continue to explore cooperation with Chinese-owned enterprises to carry out the Chinese workshop training program, and will gradually introduce Chinese language courses into the local national basic education system in cooperation with well-known local secondary schools. And we will cooperate with local universities and institutions to develop Chinese language textbooks in Lingála.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Orléans launched on July 8, 2019. As of November 2020, the institute has 120 registered students, with courses on Chinese speaking, writing, etc. We have organized 10 events of cultural experience, academic forum, and attracted over 800 people to participate.
The local people of Orléans are very interested in the Chinese language and Chinese culture. We will continue to cooperate with the Tourism Department of the Région Centre Val-de-Loire of France, and some famous companies around the area, to meet the actual needs of different people at all levels. We plan to hold a series of academic lectures and a series of theme days in the future.