Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University Launches Chinese Teaching Material Exhibition & Chinese Culture Week

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University [Time]    2011-05-17 12:56:28 

Governor of Ismailia Ahmed Hussein, Minister Counselor Li Lianhe and SCU Rector Dr. Mohamed El-Zoghbi cutting the ribbon to open the book exhibition

Ismailia, May 16th, 2011—The Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University (SCU) officially launched a Chinese teaching material exhibition & Chinese culture week at its hall on the first floor. Mr. Li Lianhe, Minister Counselor from the Chinese Embassy in Egypt; Mr. Ahmed Hussein, Governor of Ismailia; and SCU Rector Dr. Mohamed El-Zoghbi cut the ribbon to open the event. A total of over 200 guests were present on the occasion, including SCU Vice Rector Dr. Gamal Sharobim, the Institute’s Chinese and Egyptian Directors, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, teachers and students from the Confucius Institute, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, the Faculty of Commerce, the Faculty of Engineering and SCU library as well as representatives of local Chinese enterprises, media outlets from the two countries as well as people from all walks of life.

The event lasted 4 days and presented a colorful display of more than 200 kinds of Chinese books in five different categories, namely, teaching materials, cultural readings, audio and video materials, educational aids and reference books. Some excellent teaching materials were highlighted during the exhibition, such as the “Great Wall Chinese”, “Happy Chinese”, “Learn Chinese with Me”, “New Practical Chinese Reader”, “Contemporary Chinese” and “Spoken Chinese 900”. With a view to help visitors have a clearer understanding of the characteristics of books and their application, the Institute teachers specially prepared courseware to introduce the books.

Egyptian teachers and students looking over books during the exhibition

Egyptian teachers and students enjoying Chinese paper-cutting demonstration

To support the exhibition, a Chinese culture experience activity was also held. Nearly 1,000 Chinese riddles increased the visitors’ enthusiasm for Chinese language and culture. Chinese calligraphy and paper-cutting demonstration also attracted a large number of visitors.

The event is another effort of the Institute’s to promote Chinese language and culture, and followed the try-out round of the 10th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students in Egypt, pushing their fever for Chinese to new heights.