Recently, the 9th Council Meeting of the Confucius Institute at Burapha University was held in Wenzhou Medical University (WMU). Council members from Burapha University (BU), Wenzhou University (WZMU）and WMUattended the meeting.
In her speech, WMU President Lu Fan fully confirmed the progress and achievement the Institute has made in 2016 and expected greater contribution to be made to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between two peoples by keeping its growing pace with a focus on connotative development and quality constructionclosely integrated with national development strategy. Chaiwit Thanapaisal, the vice-president of Burapha University and the vice council chairman of the Confucius Institute representing BU, expressed his wish to build a closer cooperation mechanism to foster more distinctive cultural exchange programs with the Institute as a platform.
At the meeting, participants listened to and deliberated on the 2016 work reports made by Zhang Yulin, the Chinese Vice President of the Institute and the financial reports delivered by Wilai Limthawaranun, the Thai Vice President of the Institute. Meanwhile, council members also held in-depth discussions on plans and measures for the future development of the Institute, the promotion of exchange in between the three universities and the expanding of exchange programs. In addition, the meeting approved the new Chinese members of the Institute Council.
In 2016, with “Promoting Chinese Traditional Medical Culture and Benefiting the Thai People” as the goal, the Confucius Institute at Burapha University supported by WMU’s rich resources of TCM established a comprehensive cooperative relationship with Thai Association of TCM Doctors, and set up the first training base for professional TCM doctors in Thailand. In 2016, the Institute held 49 warmly received cultural activities that attracted 38,000 visits of Thai people, marking a year-on-year increase of 75%. At the same time, the Confucius Institute has witnessed great progress by further optimizingits teaching site layout, launching the “Teaching Quality Improvement Project” and promoting the sustainable improvement of the teaching in Chinese language.
After the meeting, the Thai delegation toured around sites on WMU campus including the Science Museum of Human Body. When visiting the First Affiliated Hospital, the Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Ophthalmology & Optometry, the delegation held talks with their counterparts on future cooperation and exchange.