Portuguese President Hails the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon [Time]    2010-11-08 13:26:35 

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva gave a written interview to Xinhua News Agence’s journalist just ahead of President Hu Jintao’s visit to Portugal. When speaking of cutural exchanges between the two countries, President Silva said, “More and more Chinese students and scholars are engaged in learning the Portuguese language similarly there is also an increasing number of Portuguese people desiring to learn Chinese language and showing great interest in Chinese culture. The two nations should encourage and promote people’s interests in each other’s language and culture. The Confucus Institute established in Lisbon is a good example of such efforts and Portugal should set up similar cultural center in Beijing.”

The president’s full recognition of the efforts of the Confucus Institute at the University of Lisbon in promoting Chinese language and culture indicates the school’s local influence and this will be conducive to its future work.