Enhancing the effectiveness of collaboration between directors from the Chinese and host institution
Njoroge, Martin C.
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The daily operations in Confucius Institutions are conducted jointly by a Local Director appointed by the host institution and a Chinese Director appointed by the Chinese partner University. Whereas the local director is familiar with the local regulations governing the institution and minor but significant aspects such as the local language, the local culture, the local infrastructure among others, the Chinese director is new to the country and requires support and help for smooth integration into the life in both the host institution and local community. On the other hand, the Local Director is new to the concept of the Confucius Institute, Chinese Language and Culture, effective running of the Confucius Institute, Cultural and language activities that the students at the Institute can be engaged in. Thus, he or she will need the help of the Chinese Director in understanding these crucial features whose understanding is necessary for the smooth operation of the Confucius Institute. The Local Director and the Chinese Director should strive to work closely to coordinate the activities at the Institute. The Institute should organize trainings on teaching methodology for the teaching staff of Confucius Institute periodically. Through the two directors, Confucius Institutes should strive to initiate and organize academic and cultural exchanges between the two collaborating Institutions. Confucius Institutes should aggressively market its programs and reach out to Chinese business communities in the local community so as to increase enrolment and raise funds for sustainability purposes. The two Directors should see to it that the Confucius Institutes engage the students more in cultural activities and also oversee the establishment of Chinese classrooms at both primary and secondary levels in the country where the Confucius Institute is located. What the above paragraphs imply is that both the Local Director and the Chinese Director should cooperate and learn from each other if the Institute is to grow and her goals realized in the long run. The two should work together for the good of the institute. This paper, therefore, addresses ways in which collaboration between Chinese and Local Directors can be enhanced to ensure successful operation and administration of the Confucius Institute.