Representatives of the Confucius Institute in Banja Luka participated in the online
conference for sinologists, held on 7 December 2020, on the topic of ,,China and the
World – Language, Culture, Politics and Methods of Chinese Language Teaching”.
Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Banja Luka Ljiljana Stević talked
about the role of the culture in the Chinese public diplomacy.
She talked about cultural diplomacy, the academic and cultural exchange, as well as the
experiences of the Confucius Institute as a mechanism of public diplomacy in this process.
Stević emphasized that the Chinese perception of soft power is based on the attractiveness
of its culture as an opportunity for a country to transfer its culture internationally and thus
help others understand and accept its cultural values.
Chinese language professor at the University of Banja Luka Confucius Institute Anja
Mudrenović talked about her experience in the work, as well as deficiencies of different
methods of Chinese language teaching.
According to her, it is a great challenge to organize lectures for students of different ages and
interests in regard to studying Chinese. She also talked about the advantages of everyday
communication with native speakers, as a challenge in studying Chinese during the
At the end of the conference, the participants emphasized the importance of studying the
Chinese language in understanding the role of China in modern trends. As they said, there is a
noticeable increase in the number of Chinese language teachers, which in the future gives
hope for a sustainable and quality way of studying it. This was an opportunity to talk about
personal experiences, as well as the employment of sinologists, but also about the
characteristics of Chinese diplomacy and the history of Serbian-Chinese relations.
In addition to the representatives of the University of Banja Luka, this event was attended by
the Director of the Philological Gymnasium Dragana Ćećez, PhD candidate at the Faculty of
Philology of the University of Belgrade Dragana Bajić, representative of the Embassy of the
People’s Republic of in Serbia Milena Nikolić, Chinese Language Professor at the Faculty of
Philosophy of the University of Novi Sad Nataša Pešić, professors at the Philological
Gymnasium in Belgrade Selena Pjević and Tatjana Šuković, as well as professors at the
Karlovci Gymnasium Ljubica Čudanov and Marijana Marković.
This was the second time the conference was organized for sinologists by the Philological
Gymnasium and the Confucius Institute in Belgrade.