Chinese President Xi Jinping and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attend the signing ceremony of the establishment of Confucius Institute at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

[Source]     [Time]    2014-09-27 10:30:16 
 

On September 16, 2014, in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, signed an agreement on the joint establishment of the Confucius Institute at University of Colombo with Dr. W. K. Hirimburegama, Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Up to now, Sri Lanka has established two Confucius Institutes and one Confucius Classroom, namely, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya, the Confucius Institute at University of Colombo and the CRI Confucius Classroom at Lumbini College.

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The Confucius Institute at University of Colombo is established in collaboration with Beijing Foreign Studies University and Honghe University in Yunnan Province, China.

The University of Colombo is the oldest public university of modern higher education in Sri Lanka, and its origin dates back to the Ceylon Medical College established in 1870. With a student population of 36,000, the University is comprised of seven faculties and 43 academic departments, as well as seven research institutes and five research centers.

Beijing Foreign Studies University is one of the “Project 211” and the “Project 985” universities in China. There are a total of over 1,300 faculty and staff members and over 8,000 students at the university. It is the only university in China that has the program of the Sinhalese language, and the present Sri Lankan Minister of Education and Minister of External Affairs once studied there.

Honghe University, established in 1978, is located in Mengzi, capital city of Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Honghe, Yunnan. The university has 53 undergraduate programs, with 858 faculty and staff members and about 12,000 undergraduate students.

 
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