Princess Sirindhorn Conveys New Year Greetings to Chinese and Thai Teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University [Time]    2014-02-17 09:07:04 
 

On the early morning of 3 January 2014, Princess Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand graced Chulalongkorn University with her presence to attend the 2014 New Year food offering activity to Buddhist monks. Over 300 people including all the Chinese and Thai teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University and representatives of teachers and students from the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University took part in the offering activity and made donations to over 20 monks from Pathumwan Temple.


Princess Sirindhorn greeting teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University during the food offering activity to Buddhist monks


The Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Dr. Han Shenglong presenting Princess Sirindhorn with a bouquet

After the offering activity, Princess Sirindhorn graced all the teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University with her presence to convey her New Year greetings and had conversations with the teachers in fluent Chinese. She also expressed her gratitude to all the teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University for visiting her in Chulalongkorn University Hospital during her hospitalization. Senior Advisor to the Confucius Institute Professor Fu Zengyou and the Chinese Director Dr. Han Shenglong, on behalf of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University, presented Princess Sirindhorn with Confucius Institute (bilingual in Chinese and Thai) published in 2013 and the 2014 New Year Calendar.


Princess Sirindhorn visiting the Chinese Library of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University with great enthusiasm

At 8:00 am, Princess Sirindhorn visited the Chinese Library of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University, which was still under construction, accompanied by the President of Chulalongkorn University Professor Pirom Kamolratanakul, Vice President Mom Rajawongse Kalaya Tingsabadh, the Thai Director of the Confucius Institute Dr. Ma Keren, Senior Advisor Professor Fu Zengyou and the Chinese Director Dr. Han Shenglong. Princess Sirindhorn viewed the neat bookshelves with the current 7,000 books in ebullient mood. Dr. Han Shenglong introduced to Her Royal Highness the plans for the construction of the Chinese Library. Over 17,000 Chinese books donated by Peking University Library have begun to be transported to Bangkok and will be expected to arrive at the end of February 2014. The Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University will invite experts from Peking University Library to assist with the arrangement and processing of these books and therefore the Chinese Library of the Confucius Institute will be planned to open at the end of 2014. Professor Fu Zengyou also invited Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn to attend the opening ceremony of the Library in due course.


The group photo taken by Princess Sirindhorn and all the teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University

Subsequently, Princess Sirindhorn visited the editorial office of Confucius Institute (bilingual in Chinese ad Thai) located in the Library and had cordial conversations with the editors in their office. Lastly, Princess Sirindhorn gladly took group photos with all the teachers of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University. The amiable and approachable style of Her Royal Highness in conveying the New Year greetings made all the teachers of the Confucius Institute feel greatly encouraged.

Having persisted in learning Chinese for over 30 years, Princess Sirindhorn sets a perfect example for the Thai people. Studied and lived in Peking University, Her Royal Highness has been putting her efforts in promoting Chinese language education in Thailand since her returning to her home country. Princess Sirindhorn herself advocated the establishment of the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University and has been supporting the construction and development of the Confucius Institute. Her Royal Highness has visited the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University for many times and this one was her eighth one.

By Zhang Yujiao