Forums / Seminars/Lectures
Wales-China Schools Forum - Teaching Languages in a Hybrid Classroom: Methods, Opportunities, and Challenges
Tuesday 22 March 2022, 09:30–13:15
The Confucius Institute at Bangor University is delighted to host the next Wales China Schools’ Forum. The Forum has been running for over ten years and aims to bring together expertise from Modern Foreign Language professionals across Wales by providing a platform for showcasing excellent practice and highlighting ways for improving learners’ experience.
Wales-China Schools Forum: Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching and Learning Mandarin in the Digital Era
Thursday 19 November 2020, 10:00-13:00
On Thursday 19th November 2020, Educators across Wales came together in an online forum to share experience and discuss innovative methods for teaching Mandarin digitally.
Lao Zi: The Law Governing All Laws
Thursday 9 July 2020, 13:00-14:00
In this public talk, Manuel Parreno examines Lao Zi's belief in the duality of human nature and argues that we are not our own as we depend on the laws governing happiness, something we all strive towards. This he does by exploring Laozi's Dao as it relates to human beings and the fact that happiness (a product of following Dao) is within everyone's reach.
Introduction to English Examinations in China
Dr Xiang Dong Go
Monday 8th April 2019
Dr Xiangdong Gu from Chonqing University in China gave a stimulating lecture on how English examinations are planned and graded in China. The event was attended by staff and students at Bangor University who learned interesting facts about the academic structure of international language examinations in China.
A Historical Tour of the Traditional Chinese Garden
24th- 25th May, 2019
As part of its UK tour, representatives of the Beijing Municipal Administration Centre of Parks (BJMACP), visited Bangor University’s Confucius Institute. They gave a fascinating lecture on how the traditional Chinese Garden has developed over time. Beijing Botanical Gardens, Chinese flowers and different garden landscapes in southeast and south China were showcased during the lecture, which was followed by an interactive workshop on Garden Architecture. The BJMACP also visited Hiraddug school and Treborth Gardens in Bangor.
How to be British vs. How to be Chinese
Gao Fei, China University of Political Science and Law
Thursday 12 January 2017
This book presentation from Gao Fei attracted students and staff from Bangor University, who learned interesting and humorous facts about being Chinese and British.
Two Dragons Symposium: Chinese Ecological Philosophies and Anglophone-Welsh Literature
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Two fascinating talks from a visiting academic and a PhD student from Bangor University. The event explored different topics (see below) and was complemented by a poetry reading and guzheng performance.
China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future
Presentation from James Miller, Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Canada (cross-appointed to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cultural Studies)
Making Ecological Connections: ‘Daoists’, ‘Wuwei’ and ‘Buren’ and Edward Thomas’s ‘Kindness’
Presentation by Peter Jingcheng Xu’s, PhD Candidate, School of English Literature, Bangor University
Silk Road Symposium
Thursday 15 June 2017
An exclusive symposium discussing ideas relating to the Silk Road that featured several international speakers. A list of the topics discussed can be found below:
The Silk Road: A View from Russia
Video presentation from Prof. Olga Leontovich, Head of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation at Volgograd State Pedagogical University (VSPU)
The Cultural Conflict Behind the Law
Presentation from Prof. ZHANG Liying, Dean of School of International Studies at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
The Future Development of the Diversified Language Service under the Belt and Road Initiative
Presentation from Prof. LI Li, Dean of School of Foreign Languages at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)
The Surprising Silk Road
Presentation from Dr. David Joyner, Director of Bangor University’s Confucius Institute
Spider silk helps creates microscope superlens for nano-imaging and fabrication
Presentation from James Monks, PhD Student of the School of Electronic Engineering at Bangor University
Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road
Presentation from Prof. Xin Yanjun, Director of Bangor University’s Confucius Institute
Enigmas, mysteries and progress driven by astronomical discoveries during the 17th Century Scientific Revolution.
Prof Richard de Grijs, Peking University
Friday 8 July 2016
Academic lecture from Prof. Richard de Grijs from the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University.