Confucius Institute at the University of Florence inaugurated

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Florence [Time]    2014-06-08 15:19:56 

On the morning of March 31, 2014, the Confucius Institute at the University of Florence held its grand opening ceremony. The Institute is co-founded by the University of Florence and Tongji University with the great support from Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

Professor Alberto Tesi, President of the University of Florence, and Professor Zhou Zuyi, Chairman of the University Council of Tongji, attended the ceremony. The other invited guests were Mr. Li Ruiyu, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Ms. Wang Xinxia, Chinese Consul-General of Consulate General of PRC in Florence, Mr. Andrea Barducci, Governor of the Province of Florence, Ms. Cristina Giachi, deputy mayor of the City of Florence, and representatives from other Confucius Institutes in Italy.

Professor Alberto Tesi was the first guest to address at the ceremony. He welcomed the guests for coming to witness the inauguration of the Confucius Institute at the University of Florence and said that the success was achieved by the collaborative efforts made by Chinese and Italian governments and both universities. The fact that the Institute has started enrolling students marks a very good start. He also expressed his confidence in developing the Institute into a renowned Confucius Institute with both Chinese and Italian characteristics by working together with Tongji University and other institutions.

Then, Mr. Zhou Zuyi, on behalf of Tongji University, warmly congratulated the Institute on the inauguration. He emphasized the great significance of establishing a Confucius Institute in Florence. He also said, as the Chinese partner of the Institute, Tongji University will work closely with University of Florence to integrate resources from all aspects. And by promoting the historical and cultural specialties of Florence, they will highlight the topics of humanities, art, designing and culture relic protection, making the Institute a bridge of promoting the civilizations of both countries and strengthening the Sino-Italian ties.

Next, Ambassador Li Ruiyu delivered a speech congratulating on the ceremony and highly appraised the achievements made by China and Italy in educational cooperation in recent years. He was hoping the two universities could assist each other to the greatest extent and push forward the popularization of Chinese in Tuscany and Central Italy so as to further develop the Sino-Italian exchanges in education, culture and economic trade. He also expressed high expectations in the development of Confucius Institute at the University of Florence.

In the afternoon, the first expanded session of the board of the Institute was held on the Novoli campus of the University of Florence. Besides, as an important part of the inauguration, the “Contemporary Chinese Architecture Exhibition”, co-hosted by the two universities, was official opened at Le Murate, exhibiting the excellent works done by 45 Chinese architects. The exhibition will last until April 12.

On the same afternoon, well-known architects including Prof. Li Xiangning, Prof. Zhang Jianlong, Prof. Yuan Feng and Prof. Zhu Xiaofeng from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University attended the forum on “Architecture Studies and Design in the Global Age” together with some professors from Architecture Department of University of Florence. The exhibition and the forum will serve as a window showcasing the contemporary images of China and will lay a good foundation for the Institute to become a special Confucius Institute with an expertise in designing ideas.


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