Chinese Ambassador to the UK H.E. Liu Xiaoming Calls on the Confucius Institute at the University of Nottingham

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-07-06 10:19:12 

Nottingham, June 28th--H.E. Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK paid a visit to the Confucius Institute at the University of Nottingham at the invitation of Prof. David Greenaway, President of the University of Nottingham.

In order to welcome the ambassador, the teachers decorated the Confucius Institute with red lanterns and traditional Chinese paintings as so to impart it with a joyful atmosphere. In the evening, the ambassador and his party arrived at the Confucius Institute, accompanied by the president of the University of Nottingham. His Excellence first shook hands with each of the teachers, and then kindly asked them about their living and working conditions in the UK. Soon after, Prof. Yao Shujie, the British Director of the Confucius Institute and Deputy Director Dr. Chen Jian offered an explanation of the Confucius Institute’s history, its development and its future goals to the ambassador. The ambassador said that he was very pleased to have such opportunity to visit the Confucius Institute and he encouraged all present to make further contributions to the Chinese teaching and Chinese cultural promotion in the UK.

The Ambassador then made a lecture with an audience of over 100 teachers and students at the Colin Campbell Building, its subject was that of China’s Role in Global Economic Growth, It seems to him that China is playing a more and more important role in global economic growth; in the meantime, China is also facing a great number of crises and challenges. After the lecture, participating teachers and students raised a few questions, when it comes to the significance of the Confucius Institute, the Ambassador believes that language can foster mutual understanding and establish friendship; the Confucius Institute is committed to promotion of Chinese education. At present, there are more and more young British people that are willing to learn Chinese and are curious about China, the Confucius Institute shall take this as a great opportunity to expand the scale of its Chinese teaching, helping young British people to learn Chinese, promoting their understanding of China and building up a solid foundation for friendly exchange and collaboration between China and the UK.