Carleton Opens Confucius Institute and Unveils Landmark Digital Media Project with China

Carleton University officially opened its Confucius Institute today and signed an MOU on a landmark digital media project at an Ottawa City Hall celebration attended by a prominent political delegation from China.

The new National Capital Confucius Institute at Carleton will provide a platform to explore the growing relationship between Canada and China. With focuses on the integral nature of both language and cultural aspects of developing relations and business partnerships with the China, the Institute will help bridge cross-cultural awareness and understanding.  It will offer courses and programs on language, Chinese culture, business practices and China-Canada relations.

A plaque commemorating the Institute, which will be housed in Carleton’s River Building, was presented by the head of the Chinese delegation, Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of China, as well as Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters of China, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

“We are honoured to have our Chinese partners with us today to celebrate this important occasion,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “Our collaborations will result in new discoveries and opportunities that will enrich us all and establish Carleton as a critical link in facilitating new research relationships between universities and companies.”

To that end, Carleton also signed a Memorandum of Understanding today – in the presence of key Chinese ministers – with Central-China Normal University and Wuhan Digital Media Company to develop a digital media product called Canada-China Digital Media Bridge.

The project will develop a unique and compelling digital cultural experience which will further promote language, digital culture and tourism in each country. Cultural icons such a as Qin Shi Huang, Confucius, Terra Cotta Warriors, Dr. Norman Bethune , Alexander Graham Bell and Frederick Banting  will come alive online. Users of the platform will be able to take on the personalities and virtually participate in their worlds. For the first time, the project will create a multidisciplinary team from both countries to develop a landmark digital media co-production.

The signing was attended by Cai Wu, Minister of Culture, Cai Fuchao, Minister of State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and Mr. Jiang Zenwei, Vice Minister Commerce, among other members of the Chinese delegation.


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