First Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Central and Eastern Europe launched in Pécs, Hungary

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at University of Pécs [Time]    2015-04-15 16:51:40 
 


Chinese and Hungarian national anthems resounding in the ceremony hall

On March 27, the launching ceremony of the Confucius Institute at University of Pécs, the first Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Central and Eastern Europe, was held in the hall of Palatinus Hotel, which enjoys a history of 500 years in Pécs, Hungary. The event gathered a total of more than one hundred participates. The guests who attended the ceremony were Mr. Li Xinhua, Head of the Educational Department of the Chinese Embassy in Hungary; Mr. Zoltan Maruzsa, Hungarian Deputy State Secretary; Mr. Zsolt Pava, Mayor of Pécs; Mr. Yuan Juxiang, President of North China University of Science and Technology (formerly called Hebei United University); and Mr. Jozsef Bodis, Rector of University of Pécs.

Ms. Mao Hong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine at University of Pécs, read the congratulatory letter sent by Madam Xu Lin, Counsellor of the State Council of China, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban. In this letter, she wrote, “There is a traditional friendly relationship between the Chinese and Hungarian people. Despite numerous mountains and rivers keeping the two countries geographically apart and the ever-changing international situations, the long-lasting China-Hungary ties will always be as steady as ever. The establishment of the first Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Central and Eastern Europe at the oldest university in Hungary will inject vitality to the people-to-people exchange between the two countries.”

Mr. Yuan Juxiang, President of North China University of Science and Technology, and Ms. Gabriella Hegyi, Director of the Hungarian Medical Acupuncture Association, jointly unveiling the nameplate of the Confucius Institute

Zoltan Maruzsa, Deputy State Secretary of Hungary, delivered a speech on behalf of the Hungarian government. He mentioned the long history of the friendly ties between China and Hungary. And the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine established at University of Pécs will further advance the cultural and scientific exchange between the two countries.

Mr. Li Xinhua said the establishment of this Confucius Institute is inseparable from two exclusive conditions. Firstly, there is a public recognition of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Hungarian society. Secondly, the University of Pécs is the only university in Hungary with the conferment qualification of complementary and alternative degrees in medical science and TCM teaching background.


A famous Hungarian pianist, eleven-year-old Mihaly Boros, staging a piano performance


Art performances at the ceremony

At the launching ceremony, artists from China and Hungary staged some cultural and art performances. The famous 11-year-old Hungarian pianist Mihaly Boros presented marvelous piano performances. Artists from the two countries collaboratively played Chinese folk music. And some local citizens performed Chinese dragon dance and fan dance.

Text by Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Mao Hong

Photographed by Li Haodong

 
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