Graduation Ceremony of the Autumn Program 2013-2014 Held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Milan

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Milan [Time]    2014-04-14 15:37:52 

On February 18, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Milan held the graduation ceremony of the autumn program in the academic year 2013-2014 at the headquarters of the University of Milan, which was also the last event in the series of Spring Festival activities.

At 6:00 pm, the grand multimedia lecture theatre was in a lively atmosphere. More than 100 students came very early, feeling excited and looking forward to receiving their transcripts after four months of hard work. Some students brought along their children to share the joy with them; some were talking with each other and exchanging their experience in learning Chinese; some warmly greeted their teachers and shared their recent lives.

At 6:30 pm, the ceremony officially started, which was presided over by Prof. Jin Zhigang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Milan. First, he took this opportunity to express his sincere congratulations to all the students on their achievements. Then, he introduced the schedule for tonight’s event. Finally, he, on behalf of all the teachers at the Confucius Institute, wished everyone a great success in the Year of the Horse. With the good wishes from Mr. Jin, the ceremony began. Students from every class took turns to receive their transcripts from their teachers. With the precious transcripts in their hands, every student got a broad smile, sharing their joy and happiness with all the people at the event. The ceremony came to the end in applauses and cheers.

Director Jin Zhigang delivering his speech at the graduation ceremony

During the ceremony, Zhang Yang, a volunteer teacher at the Confucius Institute, made some brief interviews with students present. Paola Barba is a student from the Business Chinese class and works at the Chinese Section of the Office of Enterprise Internationalization at Intesa Sanpaolo. She likes Chinese culture a lot and holds the opinion that Chinese and Italian people share similar ideas in many aspects, such as their values on family, interpersonal relations and friendship. Also, both Chinese and Italian cuisines have gained worldwide popularity and fame. Both cuisines demonstrate their diversity and distinctive characteristics, with eight distinct regional culinary traditions in China and various differences between the culinary traditions in southern and northern Italy. She said that this language course was of great help to her.

A group photo of some students and teachers at the event

A scene at the “Celebrating New Year” cocktail party

Stefano Piantoni, who works at Pirelli Tyre Co., Ltd., is a student from the Intensive Chinese Speaking class and has a very cute Chinese name, “little snack”. After talking with him, we found that he is such an expert on China. He can not only speak Chinese fluently with standard tones and intonations, but also is so enthusiastic about Chinese tea culture that he knows many names of different types of Chinese tea. What impressed him most was the interesting course he has received at the Confucius Institute. He was not in China and thus had few chances to practice Chinese language, but he could speak and practice with other students here in the class.

The 14-year-old Clavdio is the youngest student at the ceremony today. Even though at such a young age, he had already passed the Level IV of YCT (Youth Chinese Test, a test to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency), so he took the A2 course for adults. Cao Di, a teacher at the Institute said that he was very hard-working and made great efforts in learning. Clavdio told the reporter that he likes Chinese culture a lot, and Chinese language is very important, so he decided to learn it together with his mother. During our interview, many other students said that they could not only learn knowledge, but also meet friends from different professions at the Confucius Institute while studying.

Teachers at the Confucius Institute at the University of Milan said that helping students learn something is always their goal. They hoped that more local students could come to the Confucius Institute to learn and make new friends.

By Zhang Yang