Inauguration ceremony held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana [Time]    2014-06-25 16:37:21 

At 5:00 p.m. local time on May 19, 2014, the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) was solemnly held in the Education Lecture Theatre of the University. Over 100 people from all sectors of society attended the ceremony, including President of Guyana Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Minister of Culture Frank Anthony, Chinese Ambassador to Guyana Zhang Limin, Counsellor Ouyang Jun, President of Dalian University of Foreign Languages Sun Yuhua, UG Vice-Chancellor Jacob Opadeyi, diplomatic envoys of different countries to Guyana, representatives from Chinese-invested enterprises and UG’s faculty and students, overseas Chinese, journalists, international friends, etc.

President Ramotar was the first to speak at the ceremony. He said that Confucius is a great Chinese philosopher whose thoughts and theories not only remain influential today, but also play an important role in handling relationships between countries around the world. It has been more than 160 years since the earliest Chinese immigrants landed Guyana, and they have made tremendous contributions to the country’s social and economic development. The official opening of the Confucius Institute at UG today will undoubtedly further strengthen the cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between China and Guyana.

President Ramotar delivering a speech

Ambassador Zhang Limin then said in his address that China has a long-standing history and a profound culture. The establishment of the Confucius Institute will spread the extensive and profound Chinese civilization to Guyana and become a key link of friendly exchanges between the two peoples. He hoped that Chinese and Guyanese people from all circles would use the Institute as a platform to promote their friendship, strengthen their communication, and push the friendly relationships between the two countries to a higher level.

Ambassador Zhang Limin delivering a speech

President Sun Yuhua, on behalf of Dalian University of Foreign Languages, extended her most sincere congratulations to the official opening of the Confucius Institute at UG. She also expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the strong support of Hanban, the active cooperation of UG, and the selfless help of Chinese-invested enterprises. As for the future development of the Confucius Institute, she hoped that it would serve as a platform to deepen the mutual trust and win-win cooperation between the two partner universities and usher in a new era of the development of friendly relationships between Chinese and Guyanese people.

President Sun Yuhua delivering a speech

At the inauguration ceremony, Ma Tao, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UG, read the congratulatory letter from Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban. In the letter, Madam Xu expressed her heartfelt thanks to all people who had contributed to promoting the construction of the Confucius Institute and strengthening the friendly relationships between China and Guyana. She also wished that the Confucius Institute at UG would run smoothly and be a great success. Associate Dean of the School of Education and Humanities read the congratulatory message from Professor David Dabydeen, Guyana’s Ambassador to China.

Then, President Ramotar announced the official opening of the Confucius Institute at UG and inaugurated the Institute together with Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Ambassador Zhang Limin, President Sun Yuhua, and Vice-Chancellor Jacob Opadeyi.

Distinguished guests inaugurating the Confucius Institute at UG

Afterwards, students from the Confucius Institute at UG presented an art performance with strong Chinese characteristics. Chinese songs, poetry reading, and Taiji performance aroused the enthusiasm of the whole audience and won a big applause. The inauguration ceremony ended successfully at 8:00 p.m. that night and was reported by the mainstream news media of Guyana such as Guyana Chronicle and Stabroek News.

By Tie Zhiyi