Inauguration Ceremony Held at Confucius Institute at University of California Davis in the US

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of California Davis [Time]    2013-09-18 19:43:47 

On September 16, 2013, the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at University of California Davis (UCDCI) was held at the Mondavi Center of UC Davis. Being the world’s first Confucius Institute devoted to Chinese food and beverage culture, the UCDCI, in partnership with China’s Jiangnan University, is jointly run by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and UC Davis.

The attendees of the inauguration ceremony included Madam Xu Lin, Counselor of the State Council, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director-General of Hanban, Yuan Nansheng, Chinese Consul General in San Francisco, Linda Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis, and Chen Jian, President of Jiangnan University.

At the ceremony, Xu Lin read out and transferred to the chancellor of UC Davis Linda Katehi the congratulatory letter from Xi Jinping, President of China. Xu Lin said that as the 97th Confucius Institute in the US, the UCDCI is the very first one that has ever received the congratulatory letter from President Xi. She sincerely hoped that the collaboration between Jiangnan University and UC Davis will make a contribution to the development of various fields such as education, culture and scientific research for both China and the US.

While addressing the ceremony, Consul General Yuan Nansheng said that in terms of agriculture and food science and technology, UC Davis ranks the top in the US and even in the world, and Jiangnan University also prides itself on its National Key Lab of Food Science and Technology, the only one of its kind in China. It is our common wish that the Confucius Institute, blessed with the strengths of both universities, will become a good example of the educational cooperation between China and the US.

Chancellor of UC Davis Linda Katehi and President of Jiangnan University Chen Jian respectively delivered a speech. Linda Katehi said that she felt honored to receive the congratulatory letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping, and she would spare no effort to support the development of the Confucius Institute that features Chinese cuisine culture.

Zhen Wenda (also known as Martin Yan), an alumnus of UC Davis, a well-known Chinese-born American TV host of an international cooking show and Culinary Adviser of the UCDCI, expressed his consistent stand in his speech, “ Food knows no boundaries. I really hope the study and share of the Chinese food would help the world know more about the Chinese culture.”

After the inauguration ceremony, all the guests and a total of over 1,000 viewers watched the wonderful performances from the Art Troup of Jiangnan University.


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