Opening Ceremony Of The Confucius Institute Of Volgograd State Pedagogical University

[Source]    Confucius Institute Of Volgograd State Pedagogical University [Time]    2011-05-04 11:04:46 
 

On April 27th, 2011 Volgograd State Pedagogical University in partnership with Tianjin Foreign Studies University held an unveiling ceremony of the Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University. This is the fourth Confucius Institute that was opened abroad in cooperation with Tianjin Foreign Studies University and the first one in Volgograd region.

Plenipotentiary minister-councilor of the Embassy of the China in Russia Mr. Zhao Guocheng, the first vice head of the Volgograd region administration Mr. Gennadij Churikov, rector of Foreign studies University Mr. Xiu Gang, rector of Volgograd State Pedagogical University Mr. Nikolay Sergeev opened Confucius Institute together in presence of more than 600 guests representing executive and judiciary branches of power in Volgograd and Volgograd region, rectors of Volgograd universities, directors of Volgograd schools where Chinese is taught, students studying Chinese and other guests.


Plenipotentiary minister-councilor Zhao Guocheng


Opening ceremony

In his speech Mr. Zhao Guocheng mentioned that following the successful development of Chinese-Russian relationship the number of people studying Russian in China and Chinese in Russia is constantly increasing. In connection with that there are a lot of people who help to strengthen the friendly ties between our two nations. Mr. Zhao Guocheng hopes that the Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University will be actively involved in spreading the knowledge about the Chinese language and culture among Russian people.

Mr. Gennadij Churikov congratulated the Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University on its successful opening and thanked both the universities for the input in its creation.

Mr. Xu Gan mentioned that opening the Confucius Institute in Volgograd – a city with structured western traditions and customs is another step in intercultural communication between the East and the West, and contributes to the intercultural cooperation of China and Russia in the sphere of education.

Mr. Nikolay Sergeev stated that the fast development of China, effective cooperation of Russia and China as international partners led to the need of the more profound studying of Chinese culture and language in Russia. Opening of the Confucius Institute at Volgograd State Pedagogical University is a reply to the demand of the society. This event gave Russian citizens the possibility to study Chinese culture and language.

Three other Confucius Institutes created in partnership with Tianjin Foreign Studies University, as well as other Confucius Institutes in Russia and abroad congratulated Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University by telegrams or videoletters.


Chinese delegations and Russian students

The unveiling ceremony of the Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University included different activities connected with the Chinese language and culture: round table on intercultural communication, meetings with Chinese students, master-classes with the Confucius Institute teachers. The rectors of the two universities signed an agreement about strengthening the cooperation. Tianjin Foreign Studies University presented the Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University with books for studying. Chinese and Russian students showed beautiful performances. All the guests were introduced to the enigmatic atmosphere of Chinese culture that was created during the opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University. Chinese Xinhua News Agency and Russian mass media witnessed all the details of this colorful event.(Wang Wenqian)