LONDON Nationals Trea Turner Jersey , Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM), the first and largest of its kind in the world, celebrated its anniversary on Tuesday after a decade of painstaking efforts in promoting cultural exchanges between China and Britain.
At the celebration held at London South Bank University, pupils from Highgate Primary School sang the Manual of Youth by TFBoys, a popular boy band in China. Their standard Mandarin and excellent performance won loud applause from the audience.
Xu Yinong, director of the CITCM, told Xinhua that the institute has been working with local schools for 10 years and has established more than 70 long-standing partnerships.
One of the schools is Highgate Primary School, which has been working with CITCM since 2011 and was awarded Confucius Classroom status after four years of profound commitment to Mandarin teaching, said Xu. It opened in 2017 a spectacular Chinese classroom that promises to further enhance the Mandarin learning experience for students and teachers.
""We look forward to continuing our work with Highgate and celebrating a similar level of success with other schools in London,"" said the director.
Founded in 2007, the CITCM now has a total of 68 Hanban volunteers and 32 Hanban teachers. Hanban is the colloquial abbreviation for the Office of Chinese Language Council International, which is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education and