First Confucius Institute in Bahrain Established

[Source]    Xinhuanet [Time]    2014-06-17 16:28:23 

(Manama, April 15, 2014) ( (By Wang Bo) The Confucius Institute at University of Bahrain, co-established by Shanghai University and University of Bahrain, was officially launched on April 15, 2014, marking the first Confucius Institute in Bahrain and also the 431st all over the world.

In his speech in the opening ceremony, Dr. Majid Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education of Bahrain, said that Bahrain attaches great importance to Chinese language education mostly for two reasons. First, as the symbol of ancient civilization, Chinese language contains a great variety of elements in philosophy, science, literature, technology and art and is one of the most important languages in the world. Second, the influence that China has on the world highlights the necessity of understanding Chinese. He hoped that the establishment of this Confucius Institute in Bahrain could contribute to further strengthening the friendship between China and Bahrain.

Then, in her speech, Ms. Weng Tiehui, Vice Mayor of Shanghai, expressed that the ongoing globalization all over the world highlights the immense significance of dialogues between different cultures. She hoped that the Confucius Institute at University of Bahrain would become a good platform for cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries.

After the opening ceremony, the officials from both governments and people from all walks of life visited the Confucius Institute. Located in the University of Bahrain, the classrooms and reading rooms of the Institute impressed the visitors with a strong Chinese flavor after being decorated with antithetical couplets, lanterns, window paper-cuts and calligraphies.

According to Mr. Wang Jiankang, Director of this Institute, classes are to officially start in September this year. The majority of the students will be from the University of Bahrain and they can choose Chinese as their foreign language, which can be counted into their credits.