The meeting was held in Conference Room 10 on May 21st. Ye Shen, Deputy Party secretary of FNU, and heads of several school departments including Student Affairs, Graduate Affairs, the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, the Committee of the Communist Youth League and the International College of Chinese Studies attended the meeting. Also present at the meeting were representatives of volunteer teachers teaching Chinese overseas in 2017 and 2018 as well as staff in charge of student affairs and counselors from several colleges including the College of Education, the College of Chinese Language and Literature, the College of Social Development, the School of Physical Education and Sport Science, the College of Music, and the College of Photonic and Electronic Engineering.
The head of International College of Chinese Studies briefed the meeting on the selection of volunteers to teach Chinese overseas in 2017 and 2018. Head of Graduate Affairs announced the decision to give commendations to the volunteer teachers of the year 2017, or the 15th batch of such teachers. The returned volunteer teachers shared their experiences of and thoughts on teaching Chinese in different countries.
Ye Shen reviewed the achievements of FNU Chinese teachers participating in volunteer services in recent years. He also expressed his expectations of the teachers of the 2018 batch. Firstly, he expected them to remain true to their original aspirations and keep their missions firmly in mind. With a good sense of honor, mission, and responsibility, they should carry forward the legacy of the predecessors so that it can be passed on to future generations. Secondly, he wished that they could contribute to promoting communications between cultures and enhancing connectivity and friendship between Chinese people and people of other countries by seeing the Confucius Institutes as their home and using languages as a bridge. Thirdly, he expected them to stay in touch with the school as it is always the strongest support to the teachers wherever they are stationed.
It was learned that to date FNU has dispatched 16 batches of volunteer teachers, or 864 teachers, to teach Chinese in 16 countries.
（Translated by Lv Yizhen, Reviewed by Liang Li’e）