At the 11th Conference of Confucius institutes, the Confucius Institute of CCNU at the University of Newcastle in Australiawas voted by NOTCFL(Hanban) as Advanced Confucius Institute 2016. Vice Premier Liu Yandong awardedmedal to Winnie Eley, Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University.
Established on May 5th,2011,the UON Confucius Institutehas madegreat achievement. It had enrolled 3000 students, organized various cultural activities more than 60 times, witha number of audience up to 100,000. The courses have been expanding from a teaching point in 2011 into five teaching points in three cities; two Confucius classrooms have been established, and "China week" had been held for four consecutive years. It is worth mentioning that the "China week" activities have become influential culture, education and commercial activities in Newcastle and Hunter areas, and are also the largest and most comprehensive Chinese culture campaign in Australia, which received wide attention from local media.
In addition, with the expansion of teaching, the profitability of the UON Confucius Institute has increased gradually, which suggests that the Institution entered the healthy development phase and gradually formed a self-sufficient mode of development. Therefore, it was repeatedly affirmed and supported by NOTCFL.
Since the four Confucius institutes of CCNU set up in 2011, they had enrolled 20,100 students, organized 559 cultural activities, trained 1887 local Chinese language teachers and their audience up to 165444, andhave made their due contribution to the work of Chinese international promotion. Among them, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas in the United States was awarded Advanced Confucius Institute in 2007 and 2008 respectively,and in 2014,they won the Special Achievement Medal. Its foreign Director Wei Xuerui also won the title of Advanced Individual in 2008 and 2009 of Confucius institutes. The Confucius Institute at Carleton University in Canada devoted to becoming the think-tank Confucius Institute like Ottawa, having organized several thematic seminars and its headmaster Dr. Lent won the title of Advanced Individual in 2015 of Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute at the National University of Surabaya, Indonesia Strengthened its efforts to cultivate local Chinese language teachers and totaled 1500 teachers who were trained in local and its surrounding area, playing an important role in the promotion of local Chinese teaching.