Charge d'affaires Chen Xiaoming Attends the Commencement of the Brussels Confucius Institute

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-06-29 13:47:53 

On 19 June, charge d'affaires of Chinese Embassy to Belgium Chen Xiaoming was invited to attend the 2009 - 2010 Academic Year Commencement of the Brussels Confucius Institute and to confer the certificates of achievement to the students. Some 120 people, including Fan Hansi, Head of the Belgian - Chinese Association, Wang Luxin, Education Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy to Belgium, Ma Yansheng, Education and Culture Counsellor of the Chinese Delegation to the EU, as well as the teachers and students from the Belgian - Chinese Association and the Confucius Institute, attended the ceremony.

In his speech, Charge d'affaires Chen Xiaoming expressed his congratulations to those who succeeded in graduation this year, gave positive affirmation to the effort made by the Brussels Confucius Institute in organizing various activities of Chinese teaching and culture promotion during the past 5 years. He said, in the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the new China, as well as Europalia - China Art Festival, "Chinese Bridge Competition", Asian Travel Expo Festival, Belgium International Language Festival held by Belgium in 2009, the Brussels Confucius Institute took these opportunities to greatly promote the Chinese culture and language learning atmosphere in Belgium and even in the Europe, to strengthen the mutual understanding between people of the two countries and to enhance the development of the two countries' friendship. The institute has become a vital bridge linking the two countries. Also, he eagerly hopes Brussels Confucius Institute to achieve a further progress.

Charge d'affaires of Chinese embassy to Belgium Chen Xiaoming delivering an address

Fan Hansi reviewed the outstanding achievements fulfilled by Brussels Confucius Institute in Chinese teaching, Chinese culture promotion and non-government exchange between Belgian and Chinese in 2009. He also expressed his sincere thank to Hanban, the Chinese Embassy to Belgium and Beijing Foreign Studies University who have given great support to the institute, and encouraged more students to voluntarily join in programme of Chinese culture dissemination in addition to their study. Dean Zhang Guoxian of the Confucius Institute extended welcome to all the guests and announced the graduation grades of students of year 2009 - 2010. Chen Xiaoming and Fan Hansi conferred certificates and prize to the top student in each class and taking photos with them.

Fan Hansi, Head of the Belgian - Chinese Association delivering an address

On the commencement ceremony, students performed interesting performances. Young students in the Child Class presented little chorus "Grandma's Penghu Gulf", poem reading "Up the Guanque Mansion", nursery rhythm "7 Birds Fly away" and more. Students from Grade 3 of Adult Class introduced African dancing elements into Chinese song which brought the ceremony to a climax.

Students from grade 4 and 5 of Child Class singing "Grandma's Penghu Gulf"

Students from Grade 2 of Children Class reading "Leave Baidi City in the Morning" and singing "7 Birds Fly away"

Students from Grade 3 of Adult Class are singing Chinese songs.

In 2009, Brussels Confucius Institute has 215 registered students at 8 levels in 20 classes. They come from over 30 countries and regions, ranging from 6 to over 70 in ages. 121 students pass the final examination and obtain the graduation certificates. Among them, 5 excellent students receive the scholarships and are going to study in China, 2 senior students won the third prize in the preliminary contest of Belgium area in this year's "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students and 1 student will go to China to attend the "Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp.

Awarded students taking photos with the presenters: Ma Yansheng, Education and Culture Counsellor of the Chinese Delegation to the EU (2nd to the right in the back row); Wang Luxin, Education Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy to Belgium (3rd to the left in the back row)