University of Sheffield’s Confucius Institute honoured for China collaboration at Horasis awards

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has been honoured for its commitment to strengthening links between Sheffield and China at the inaugural Sheffield City Region Horasis China Business Awards.

Confucius Institute awarded Horasis prize
Sheffield's Confucius Institute won a Horasis China Business Award.
The Confucius Institute won the China Collaboration category at the China Business Awards – held at the end of the two-day Horasis China Meeting, which welcomed more than 300 Chinese business people to the city.huojiang1

Established in 2007, the Sheffield Confucius Institute is a partnership between the University of Sheffield, Nanjing University and Beijing Language and Culture University. It serves to act as a focal point for all China-related activities in Sheffield and the broader region and has a particular focus on promoting the Chinese language within schools, businesses and public sector bodies.

The Sheffield Confucius Institute is seen as one of the UK’s leading centres of China and UK collaboration. It has twice won global Confucius Institute of the Year (2010, 2015), been named a ‘Model Confucius Institute’ in 2014, facilitated trade delegations between Sheffield and China, hosted cultural events, and helped to introduce new China-focused programmes for students at the University of Sheffield.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Chair of the award-winning Sheffield Confucius Institute said: “I am delighted for the hard-working staff of the Sheffield Confucius Institute and its Director Dr Lucy Zhao that the Sheffield City Region and Horasis have acknowledged their enormous efforts to support business and cultural activities with China.

"The Sheffield Confucius Institute has very deliberately targeted the crucial area of industry and trade, supporting advanced manufacturing collaboration between the Sheffield region and the world's most significant developing nation of over 1.3 billion people.

“In the process we are not only helping create links in areas of innovation and trade, but making opportunities for young people in the UK and China. That our region has expressed its respect and thanks for this work is important and I know this special award highlighting our partnership with China will be encouraging to all involved.”

The Horasis China Meeting, ‘China and the World Economic Outlook 2017’, brought together heads of government, ministers and influential investors from across the globe to investigate sustainable business practices, innovation and collaborations to build vibrant economies. Sheffield is currently the centre of the biggest Chinese investment in the UK outside London.

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, which works closely with Sheffield Confucius Institute, said: "Sheffield Chamber has a long and close working relationship with the Confucius Institute and we are delighted to see them get this award.

“We are absolutely convinced that the UK will need a growing trade relationship with China in the coming years and the Institute has been really helpful in supporting us to encourage businesses to do just that.”
The prizes were presented by Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He said: “I was delighted to present these awards tonight, to very worthy recipients who are a credit to their respective fields. Here in Sheffield City Region we have shared heritage, resilience and learning with China and these awards are further testament to that.”

He added: “It was a pleasure to pay tribute to the success of these city region companies at the culmination of the extremely successful Horasis China Meeting. Bringing the event here to Sheffield has been a huge accolade for the city region and further proof of our ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic, which harnesses drive and ambition.”

谢菲与中国——谢菲尔德大学孔子学院荣获霍瑞西斯(Horasis)“最佳中国合作奖”

当地时间11月6日-7日,2017霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会在英国谢菲尔德市隆重召开。本届霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会由霍瑞西斯(Horasis)、谢菲尔德市及周围城镇政府和中国工业经济联合会共同主办,来自商界和政府的300多名与会者参加了为期两天的会议。谢菲尔德大学孔子学院因其在加强谢菲尔德与中国联系方面的杰出贡献,被授予“最佳中国合作奖”,这也是霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会首次设立该奖项。

 霍瑞西斯(Horasis)源于希腊语,意远景规划,预测未来的能力。2005年起霍瑞西斯(Horasis)设立中国商务年会,至今已连续举办十三届,每届均邀请世界著名企业家和经济学家对中国未来经济发展做出展望,该年会已成为中国商界领袖与全球同行交流的重要年度盛会。

 本届年会的主题为“2017中国与世界经济展望”,会议汇集了来自全球各地的政要、部长和投资商,共商可持续性的商业实践、创新及合作,共谈充满活力经济体建设。目前,谢菲尔德市已成为伦敦以外最大的中国在英投资中心。

 谢菲尔德大学孔子学院成立于2007年,由谢菲尔德大学、南京大学和北京语言大学合作共建,曾两次获评“先进孔子学院”,并于2014年荣获“全球示范孔院”称号。谢大孔院是谢菲尔德和周边地区开展中国相关活动的重要中心,在学校、企业和公共机构间积极推广汉语。

 谢菲尔德大学校长、孔子学院理事长凯思·博内特爵士在获奖时表示:“谢菲尔德大学孔子学院院长赵霞博士及其孔院的所有成员为支持中英商务和文化活动做出了巨大的贡献,我为他们的辛勤工作能够得谢菲尔德市和霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会的肯定而感到无比高兴。”

 “谢大孔院非常有针对性地为工业和贸易这类关键领域提供服务,有力支持谢菲尔德地区与中国这个拥有13亿多人口,世界上最重要的发展中国家在先进制造领域中的合作。”

 “在这个过程中,我们不仅帮助中英两国在创新和贸易领域建立联系,同时也为两国的年轻人创造新机会。谢菲尔德市已经对我们的工作表示了敬意和感谢,我也相信这项代表着我们与中国伙伴关系的特别奖项将鼓励着所有的参与者。”

谢菲尔德商会执行会长理查德·赖特(Richard Wright)表示: “我们坚信,未来几年英国需要大力发展与中国的贸易关系,而孔院给予了商会极大的帮助,支持我们去鼓励企业实现这一目标。”

谢菲尔德区域企业合作组织(LEP)主席尼格尔·诺尔斯(Nigel Knowles)爵士为谢大孔院颁发了该奖项。

 他说:“我很高兴今晚颁发这些奖项,各位获奖者在各自领域都做出了突出贡献,这些奖项实至名归。在谢菲尔德地区,我们与中国伙伴分享传统、活力和知识,这些奖项更是证明了这一点。 很高兴能以这种方式向本地区这些公司、组织的成功致敬,为本届Horasis中国年会画上一个圆满的句号。

 谢菲孔院在过去十年的发展中立足教学与文化推广,切实起到了语言与文化的桥梁作用——教中国语言,传华夏文化,为推动中英人文交流做出了重要贡献。接下来的十年,孔院将不断深化、拓展服务领域,尤其自2013年起,孔院理事会做出战略性决定,将孔院未来的发展定位于促进中英两国在工业、商业和医疗方面的合作,在上述三个方面为中英之间的融通搭建桥梁。

 此次孔院荣获霍瑞西斯(Horasis)“最佳中国合作奖”,是对孔院在商业领域促进中英合作而取得优秀成果的一次积极肯定,孔院将继续为当地乃至全英商务组织提供各类服务,在中英合作的“黄金时代”做出新的贡献。

霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会上美丽的风景

当地时间11月6日-7日,2017霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会在英国谢菲尔德市隆重召开。在为期两天的Horasis中国商务年会结束之际,举行了颁奖典礼,谢菲尔德大学孔子学院因其在加强谢菲尔德与中国联系方面的杰出贡献,被授予“最佳中国合作奖”。
在本次霍瑞西斯(Horasis)中国商务年会上,来自谢菲尔德大学和谢菲尔德哈莱姆大学志愿者们展现出了一道靓丽的风景线——他们穿梭在会场上,热情地问候着每位参会嘉宾,服务、引领着嘉宾登记注册,为大会做记录,参与会场各类活动。
他们在工作中洋溢出的这种青春、活力、激情与和谐,不仅影响并感动着每位与会嘉宾,为大会的成功举办增光添彩,更展现出谢菲尔德这座城市的生机与魅力——谢菲尔德市目前已成为伦敦以外最大的中国在英投资中心。
大会圆满举办,志愿者的笑脸们也如谢菲尔德名片般留在了每位与会者的心中。非常感谢来自谢菲尔德大学和谢菲尔德哈莱姆大学的志愿者们,用洋溢的热情与温暖的笑脸为大会的圆满成功展现自己的力量。
会后,谢菲尔德大学和谢菲尔德哈莱姆大学两所大学的代表为志愿者们颁发了由霍瑞西斯(Horasis)主席Dr.Frank-Jürgen Richter先生签名的志愿服务证书,以示感谢。