Madam Xu Lin is awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University
On June 26 local time, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban Madam Xu Lin led a delegation to visit the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University, Madagascar and attended the award ceremony of her honorary doctorate degree.
Malagasy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Madam RASOAZANANERA Marie Monique and Minister of Employment, Technical Education and Vocational Training Mr. Horace Gatien also attended the ceremony. In the beginning, all the people present sang in chorus the national anthems of the Republic of Madagascar and the People’s Republic of China. Then President of the University of Antananarivo Panja Ramanoelina made a speech, saying that the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University serves not only as a ‘cultural park’ where the Malagasy people can go to learn Chinese language and culture but also as a good platform for cultural exchanges, and that the Antananarivo University would confer upon Madam Xu Lin an honorary doctorate degree to commend her for her great contributions to the development of the Confucius Institute, or more precisely, for her outstanding contributions to the Chinese language education in Madagascar.
Director General of Hanban Madam Xu awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Antananarivo
Madam Xu holding talks with Malagasy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Madam RASOAZANANERA Marie Monique
Madam Xu gave a speech in her own humorous way. She illustrated the vital role that languages can play in enhancing friendships between different peoples and the traditional Chinese philosophy of ‘returning the favor that one receives’ by sharing the story of her getting on with a student from Madagascar during her study at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris.
On the same day, Madam Xu visited the Confucius Institute’s teaching facilities and the exhibition of the students’ assignments. Also, she attended the inauguration ceremony of the new dormitory building for Chinese language teachers. At the meeting with volunteer Chinese language teachers from the Confucius Institute, Madam Xu fully recognized their achievements in teaching the Chinese language and promoting the HSK test as well as cultural exchanges between China and Madagascar. She encouraged them to continue to work hard so that they could contribute more to strengthening the friendship between the two countries.
Madam Xu visiting the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University
Madam Xu attending the inauguration ceremony of the new dormitory building for Chinese language teachers
Madam Xu attending the meeting and holding discussions with Chinese language teachers in Madagascar
During her visit, Madam Xu also held talks with Malagasy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Madam RASOAZANANERA Marie Monique. She expressed her sincere gratitude to the Confucius Institute for all that it had done to promote Chinese language teaching in Madagascar and the cooperation between the two countries in various fields. She truly hopes that Confucius Institute Headquarters could consider establishing more Confucius Institutes in Madagascar to meet the needs of local people to learn Chinese. Madam Xu said that the flourishing Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University had already achieved a great deal. She emphasized that the development of economy and trade largely depends on the training of talents, which should also be one of the responsibilities that the Confucius Institute assumes. She agreed to set up more Confucius Institutes in Madagascar.