Inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Campinas held in Brazil

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Campinas [Time]    2015-05-14 16:27:43 
 

On April 22, the Confucius Institute at the University of Campinas held its inauguration ceremony in Brazil. This Confucius Institute is co-established by Brazil’s University of Campinas and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), with Beijing Jiaotong University as its Chinese partner.

Jonas Donizette, Mayor of Campinas, José Tadeu Jorge, Rector of the University of Campinas, Ning Bin, President of Beijing Jiaotong University and Shi Zequn, Counselor of Culture from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brazil attended and addressed the ceremony. The other 300-plus attendees included the university teachers and students and representatives of different social sectors.


Rector of the University of Campinas José Tadeu Jorge (L) and his counterpart of Beijing Jiaotong University Ning Bin inaugurating the Confucius Institute at the University of Campinas

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, sent a congratulatory letter, in which she said, “The University of Campinas is the most innovative and influential higher education institution in Brazil, and Beijing Jiaotong University is too a prestigious university in China. I hope that these two top-notch universities can join hands to build the Confucius Institute and endeavor to develop it into a platform for local students and residents to study Chinese and learn about Chinese culture. Thus, the Confucius Institute can make new contributions to promoting China-Brazil cultural and people-to-people exchange and cooperation and to consolidating and developing the friendship between the Chinese and Brazilian peoples.”

Mayor of Campinas Jonas Donizette (L2) giving a speech at the inauguration ceremony

Jonas Donizette, Mayor of Campinas, said that he expected the Confucius Institute to play a more significant role in the future development of Campinas and to facilitate the cooperation between China and Brazil in multiple fields such as economy, technology and culture.

President of Beijing Jiaotong University Ning Bin (back row, R2) sending a calligraphy work “Youyi Changcun” (“Long live the friendship”) to directors of the Confucius Institute as a gift

Rector José Tadeu Jorge noted that despite the different historical backgrounds, China and Brazil have so much to learn from each other in many areas. He said that now the two countries have become close business partners, and that to strengthen the cultural exchange will no doubt greatly boost bilateral trade.

President Ning Bin remarked that the internationalization of education would take cross-linguistic communication as its foundation. He expressed his hope that the Confucius Institute can learn from the characters of prominent educators represented by Confucius and build itself into an important platform for cultural exchange between the two countries.

Students from the Beijing Jiaotong University Art Troupe performing a Chinese folk dance

After the inauguration ceremony, the teachers and students from the Beijing Jiaotong University Art Troupe put on a spectacular show for all the guests present. Performances such as the playing of traditional Chinese musical instruments, folk dancing and the solo pushed the event to a climax.

 
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