King's China Institute launched
Posted on 25/10/2010
The launch event
The King’s China Institute celebrated its official opening on 22 October in the presence of HE Mr Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. Proceedings began with the unveiling of a bronze statue of Confucius outside the Maughan Library and continued with a two-day forum on The Analects of Confucius.
The life-size statue has generously been donated to the College by the Confucian Academy of Hong Kong in recognition of the College’s contribution to a growing interdisciplinary interest in China at King’s and beyond.
Confucius is the greatest Chinese thinker and educator. He was born in 551 BC and gave prominence to education, calling on the government to act in a correct, just and moral way. He stressed the importance of personal integrity and the value of the family and community.
The President of the Confucian Academy Dr Tong Yun-kai, was present for the ceremony which was followed by a formal lunch in the Great Hall, Strand Campus, hosted by the Principal of King’s College London, Professor Rick Trainor. The guest of honour and speaker at the lunch was HE Mr Liu Xiaoming.
Mr Liu Xiaoming said. ‘I hope that King’s College London will take today’s launch as a golden opportunity to pursue closer exchanges and cooperation with China, and make greater contribution to the mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples.’
The King’s China Institute, founded in 2008, provides a focal point for the study, promotion and understanding of Chinese society and culture. Acknowledging China’s role as a global power, the Institute coordinates and develops China-related research and Chinese-focused study, while also building links with Chinese organisations in education, the cultural and creative sectors, business and government.
Influential for 2,500 years
Professor Xinzhong Yao, Director of the King’s China Institute, comments: ‘The official launch of the China Institute marks an important step in our teaching and research programmes. The establishment of a Confucius’ statue on the campus means that we are not only interested in examining China’s economic success in the recent 30 years but also keen to investigate its wisdom and culture that has been influential for 2,500 years.’
A two-day forum on The Analects of Confucius (the second in a series of Fora on ‘Re-reading the Chinese Classics’) was hosted by the China Institute on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October, to coincide with the launch. Welcoming 30 international scholars on Confucius, the conference examined the Analects of Confucius from multi-disciplinary approaches, and discuss its relevance to modern times.
The occasion was also used to mark the launch of the Institute’s first taught programme, the MSc China & Globalisation, which is welcoming its first cohort of students this month. The programme offers an advanced-level introduction to the causes and consequences of China’s rise in comparative and global perspectives. It equips students with conceptual and research tools for the critical analysis of China’s social and economic trends, enabling in-depth understanding of Chinese public policies, business strategies and modes of international cooperation.
[Image: From left - the Chinese Ambassador, Principal, the President of Confucian Academy of Hong Kong, Lord Wilson the former governor of Hong Kong, and Professor Xinzhong Yao by Greg Funnell]
Notes to editors
King’s China Institute
The King’s China Institute, founded in 2008, provides a focal point for China-related activities across a range of academic disciplines. Promoting an understanding of China that fully recognises its role as a global power, the Institute coordinates and develops China-related research capabilities and Chinese-focused programmes of study at King’s, while also building links with Chinese organizations in education, the cultural and creative sectors, business and government. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/groups/chinainstitute/
For further details about the two-day Forum on The Analects of Confucius, see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/groups/chinainstitute/events/analects.html
For more information about the MSc China and Globalisation, see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/groups/chinainstitute/msc/
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