Inauguration ceremony of Confucius Institute at Temple University held, the US

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Temple University [Time]    2015-06-09 17:10:22 

On May 18, the Confucius Institute at Temple University held its inauguration ceremony in the US. This Confucius Institute was co-founded by Temple University and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), with China’s Zhejiang Normal University as its partner.

Attendees of the ceremony included distinguished guests such as Michael J. Stack III, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and Temple Trustee; Neil D. Theobald, President of Temple University; Xu Yongji, Counselor of Education of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York and Chen Dexi, Party Secretary of Zhejiang Normal University.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, specially sent a congratulatory letter, in which she wrote, “The establishment of the Confucius Institute will add great vigor to Temple University’s internationalism and diversity. I believe that the Confucius Institute, with the joint efforts of both the Chinese and US sides, will surely develop into a vital platform for people in Philadelphia and even in the entire country to learn Chinese and understand China. It will make contributions to promoting China-US people-to-people exchange and to building a new model of major-country relationship between the two countries.”

A speaker addressing the inauguration ceremony

Lieutenant Governor Stack said, “By studying here at the Confucius Institute, I really hope I could speak more Chinese in addition to merely ‘Nihao’ and ‘Xiexie’ when I go to China next time.” He noted that Pennsylvania will lend full support to the construction and development of the Confucius Institute and strive to make it better.”

President Theobald remarked that Chinese has become the most important foreign language for today’s American students. The establishment of the Confucius Institute will not only offer resources for the university’s undergraduate program of Chinese soon to be set up but attract more young Philadelphians to learn Chinese language and culture.

Counselor Xu expressed his hope that the Confucius Institute would play a positive role in both promoting educational cooperation between China and the US and deepening people-to-people diplomacy.

Party Secretary Chen accentuated that Zhejiang Normal University is delighted to work with Temple University for a better future of the Confucius Institute and will facilitate educational and cultural communication, cooperation and development between China and the US. It is hoped that the Confucius Institute will be built into an important window for people in Philadelphia and even in the entire country to study Chinese and learn about Chinese culture, contributing to the diversity of local culture and the enhancement of China-US mutual trust and friendship.

Later, Chen and Theobald signed the Agreement on the Joint Establishment of the Confucius Institute at Temple University.


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