Inauguration ceremony held by the Confucius Institute at University of Cyprus

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at University of Cyprus [Time]    2014-11-27 17:41:18 
 


The scene at the inauguration ceremony: Constantinos Christofides, Rector of the University of Cyprus (second from left); Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture (third from left); Ambassador Liu Xinsheng (second from right); Luo Jie, member of Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (first from right)
(photo provided by the Confucius Institute)

The Confucius Institute at University of Cyprus, jointly established by Beijing Institute of Education and the University of Cyprus, held its inauguration ceremony on October 27, 2014.

Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture of Cyprus, delivered a speech on behalf of the President of Cyprus who was unable to attend the ceremony. In the speech, he expressed his confidence that the Confucius Institute at University of Cyprus would function as a bridge for spreading Chinese culture in Cyprus and further strengthen the longstanding friendship between the two countries and peoples.

Chinese Ambassador to Cyprus Liu Xinsheng said in his speech that the establishment of the Confucius Institute at University of Cyprus would not only provide the local people with a channel to learn Chinese language and appreciate Chinese culture, but also create more opportunities for bilateral cooperation between China and Cyprus. He hopes that this platform will be fully utilized to enhance the relations between the two countries and benefit the two peoples.

At the end of the ceremony, Chang Xueying, a teacher from the Confucius Institute, read The Analects together with her students. Rao Zilong, a dance instructor from Beijing Institute of Education, performed the traditional Chinese dance Ode to Elegance, and another teacher Gao Shenghai sang the song At the Yellow Crane Tower to Bid Meng Haoran Bon Voyage to Guangling and the aria None Shall Sleep. Their wonderful performances won thunderous applauses from the audience, bringing a climax to the ceremony.

Wang Zhenxian, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at University of Cyprus, said in an interview that so far 24 students had already registered for Chinese courses. The Confucius Institute plans to open a variety of Chinese courses and cultural lectures for the public early next year, set up a HSK test center, and make efforts to promote Chinese language education and spread Chinese culture in primary and secondary schools of Cyprus.


Ambassador Liu Xinsheng delivering a speech
(photo provided by the Confucius Institute)


Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis delivering a speech
(photo provided by the Confucius Institute)


Students from the Confucius Institute reading The Analects together
(photo provided by the Confucius Insitute)

(NICOSIA, October 27, 2014, Xinhuanet, by Zhang Zhang)

 
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