UCC Confucius Institute Holds the National Day Reception in Celebration of the 62nd Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

[Source]    UCC Confucius Institute [Time]    2011-10-11 11:00:06 

Ambassador Luo Linquan , Mayor of Cork, Student Representative delivers a Speech

On September 30, 2011 UCC Confucius Institute held the National Day Reception at the time-honoured Aula Maxima at UCC to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Luo Linquan, Mayor of Cork Terry Shannon and President of UCC gathered together with over 400 Chinese students and students from local primary, secondary schools and colleges to celebrate the National Day of China.

In Aula Maxima which was filled with warm and festive atmosphere, the Mayor expressed his hearty welcome to Ambassador Luo and spoke highly of the great contributions that UCC Confucius Institute has made in promoting the cultural exchanges between China and Ireland, in particular, the friendly relations between Shanghai and Cork in his speech. Michael Murphy, the President of UCC, gave an introduction to UCC and shared his joys with all the students and guests present. UCC has recently become the first-ever university in Ireland which received the five-star status and was ranked top181 by the QS World University Ranking.

Ambassador Luo expressed his thanks to the Mayor of Cork for his warm hospitality and extended his congratulations to the remarkable achievement that UCC has made. In his speech, the Ambassador noted that he was happy to see both Chinese and Irish national flags flying at UCC, in the city and even at the hotel he stayed in, which he added is the proof of the deep feelings between Chinese and Irish people. Ambassador Luo also outlined the continuous development of the bilateral friendly relations between China and Ireland since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. He noted that the two governments have seen more exchange of high-level visits and praised the fruitful progress achieved in economic and trade relations as well as cultural exchanges. He stressed that he is impressed by the beautiful sceneries in Ireland and friendliness of Irish people and their efforts in tackling the financial crisis.

Wang Zhen, representative of Chinese Students at UCC and Ken Browne, an Irish student of Irish Institute of Chinese Studies also delivered a speech at the reception. In his speech, Wang called on his fellow Chinese students to study hard and display a real image of new China and help promote better understanding between China and the rest of the world. Ken Browne recalled his pleasant and intense learning life in Shanghai and his memorable trip to Qingdao in Shandong Province. He said he is lucky that he has the chance to study in China and hoped the Irish and Chinese students will continue to learn from each other and make progress together.

Songs and dances performances were given at the end of the celebration by the local girl school students and a musical brand led by Mr. Li Yunhe, a Chinese Singaporean musician who played Chinese Classic musical works including Jasmine, Beautiful night as well as traditional music of other countries.

Before the celebration, Ambassador Luo and his wife visited UCC Confucius Institute and held a discussion with the UCC Confucius teachers. Zhu Yanwei, the Chinese Co-Director of UCC Confucius Institute, presented a work report to Ambassador Luo outlining the progress that has been made recently at the meeting.

Written by Yanwei Zhu

Translated by Lin Xu