From December 9 to 10, the 2019 International Chinese Language Education Conference (ICLEC) with the theme of Innovation and Development of International Chinese Language Education in the New Era was held in Changsha, Hunan Province. More than 1,000 representatives from over 160 countries held discussions on deepening systematic reform, enriching education resources, improving teaching quality, and promoting diversified development and international cooperation. Sun Chunlan, the Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Premier of the State Council, attended the conference and delivered a keynote speech. The opening ceremony was presided over by Tian Xuejun, the Vice Minister of Education. Du Jiahao, the Secretary of CPC Committee of Hunan Province, and Chen Baosheng, the Minister of Education delivered speeches in the opening ceremony. Tian Xuejun, the Vice Minister of Education, attended the closing ceremony and delivered a speech.
Li Yuanyuan, The President of HUST and Member of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Council, was invited to lead the HUST delegation to attend the conference and the Confucius Institute (CI) Headquarters Council Roundtable. The delegation also included Vice President of HUST Chen Jianguo as well as representatives of the Wayne State University (WSU) in USA, the University of Canterbury (UC) in New Zealand, the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil, the CIs at the three mentioned universities, the International Exchange Center of HUST and the School of International Education of HUST.
At the following Roundtable, Li Yuanyuan introduced how the three CIs of HUST integrated into local communities and local education systems through helping the Chinese language education and discipline construction of the three respective universities. He pointed out that in the current international environment, efforts should be made to improve quality and efficiency for the connotative development of CI. HUST would take CI construction into its strategy of international cooperation, support the healthy and sustainable development of CI as usual, further develop disciplinary advantages, expand cooperation channels, and contribute to the promotion of diversified civilization and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
During the conference, Li Yuanyuan and Chen Jianguo met with the representatives of WSU, UC, UFMG, and the Directors and Deputy Directors of the CIs. Li thanked the three universities for their long-term support for the development of the CIs and their trust in HUST. He emphasized that the three CIs should further help meet the needs of local faculties, students, universities and communities, integrate into local communities, improve teaching quality, and promote mutual understanding and cultural exchanges to help build a community with a shared future for mankind. He also affirmed the hard work of the Deputy Directors of the three CIs, while the three universities stated that they would continue to support the development of CI and establish it as a platform to strengthen cooperation and exchanges.
Prof. John Richard Brender from WSU shared a two-minute video of a funny Chinese language teaching carried out by them in the sub-forum with the theme "Chinese Language Education Construction". Prof. Barbara Malveira Orfano from UFMG was invited to share their hard work in serving local community and the society at a sub-forum with the theme "Demand-oriented International Chinese Language Education".
It is reported that on December 7th, HUST successfully held the first joint conference of Confucius Institutes. The three universities engaged in discussions regarding strengthening cooperation and exchanges, not only among the CIs but also among the universities as a whole. A consensus was reached initially to form a joint conference mechanism to promote exchanges of students and faculties, share teaching resources, build joint workshops and explore the "CI +"cooperation model.
12月9日至10日，2019年国际中文教育大会在湖南长沙举行。 会议以“新时代国际中文教育的创新与发展”为主题，来自160多个国家的1000多名中外代表围绕深化体制改革、丰富办学资源、提高办学质量、推动多元发展、促进中外合作等议题热烈讨论。 中共中央政治局委员、国务院副总理孙春兰出席会议并发表主旨演讲。 开幕式由教育部副部长田学军主持，湖南省委书记杜家毫、教育部部长陈宝生分别致辞。 教育部副部长田学军出席会议闭幕式并致辞。
会议期间，李元元、陈建国亲切会见了美国韦恩州立大学、新西兰坎特伯雷大学、巴西米纳斯吉拉斯联邦大学校领导及其孔子学院中外方院长。 李元元对三所大学长期以来对孔子学院发展的支持和对华中科技大学的信任表示感谢。 他强调，孔子学院应更多地助力所在高校的中文教学和学科建设，更大程度上满足当地师生、学校和所在地方的发展需要，更好地融入当地社区发展，更大范围内促进人民之间的沟通、了解和理解，提高质量，提高水平，办出品牌来，为促进民心相通、文化交流和构建人类命运共同体贡献智慧和力量，并对三所孔子学院中方院长的辛勤工作与奉献精神给予了充分肯定。 三所大学的校领导及孔子学院外方院长均表示，将继续支持孔子学院的发展，并愿意依托孔子学院的平台，加强校际合作与交流。
大会期间，韦恩州立大学孔子学院外方院长John Richard Brender在主题为“中文教学资源建设”的分论坛上分享了他们自创自编的2分钟趣味汉语资源，米纳斯吉拉斯联邦大学孔子学院外方院长Barbara Malveira Orfano应邀在主题为“国际中文教育服务社会需求”的分论坛上发言，分享了米大孔院在服务社区、服务社会所做出的的努力和贡献。