Madam Xu Lin receives an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Sheffield, UK

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2014-11-27 17:44:46 

On October 27, 2014, the University of Sheffield held a grand and unique graduation ceremony in Beijing. At the ceremony, Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University, awarded Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, an Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the establishment and management of Confucius Institutes worldwide, the teaching and spreading of Chinese language and culture, and the promotion of cultural exchange all over the world.

Vice-Chancellor Keith Burnett said in his speech: “It is an honor for the University of Sheffield to award Madam Xu Lin an Honorary Doctor of Letters. Madam Xu has been unremittingly devoted to enhancing the understanding of Chinese people, language and culture worldwide, which provides a foundation for deepening the real understanding among peoples of the world. The University of Sheffield has advocated steadfastly the spirit of mutual understanding and exchanges. For this spirit, Madam Xu has set a good example that is both an inspiration and a source of real pride.”

Madam Xu Lin said in her speech of thanks that the University of Sheffield is one of the best universities in the world. She felt honored to attend the graduation ceremony in Beijing together with over 60 Chinese undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University. So far, she had attended 16 ceremonies, receiving her honorary doctorate degrees from universities worldwide. Yet this was the first time that the chancellor of a foreign university had ever addressed her as well as the other graduates and their parents in Chinese. She expressed her great admiration for Vice-Chancellor Keith Burnett’s long-term promotion of Chinese culture and years of persistence in learning Chinese by himself.

The graduation ceremony was attended by over 300 people, including representatives from the University of Sheffield and Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Chinese graduates of the University and their parents.

Additional information

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield was established in 2007. Its Chinese partner universities are Beijing Language and Culture University and Nanjing University. Set up relatively early in the UK, the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield has gradually developed into a research and education center of Chinese language and culture in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in the north-central part of England, UK. In recent years, the Confucius Institute’s influence in political, business, and academic circles of the UK has been increasing continuously. In 2010, the Confucius Institute was awarded the title of “Confucius Institute of the Year” by Hanban.


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