Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk in Poland officially inaugurated
On Sept. 21st (local time), the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk in Poland was held. This Confucius Institute is jointly established by the University of Gdańsk in Poland and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), with China Youth University of Political Studies (CYUPS) as its Chinese partner university.
Around 120 guests attended the ceremony, including Chairman of the Polish Senate Bogdan Borusewicz; Małgorzata Omilanowska, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland; Bernard Lammek, Rector of the University of Gdańsk; Liu Yuanyuan, Chinese Consul General in Gdańsk; Wang Xinqing, Executive Vice-President of CYUPS; representatives from Chinese enterprises in Poland; former Polish diplomats in China; people from cultural and educational sectors and various walks of life in Pomerania Province and other parts of Poland; and teachers and students of the University of Gdańsk.
Delegates from China and Poland holding talks before the ceremony
After the inauguration ceremony officially started, some young men and women wearing ethnic costumes of the Kashubia region in Pomerania welcomed the guests with flowers at the gate of the Confucius Institute. The ceremony was hosted by Prof. Józef Arno Włodarski, Vice-Rector of the University of Gdańsk and Polish Director of the Institute; Bogdan Borusewicz, Bernard Lammek, Liu Yuanyuan and Wang Xinqing were invited to cut the ribbon for the event.
Guests cutting the ribbon for the event
Mdm. Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, sent a congratulatory letter, reading, “China and Poland enjoy a long history of friendship. The two peoples both suffered from foreign invasion in history and they share many common grounds in sentiments and culture. Recent years have witnessed further development of the ties between the two countries, especially when the ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative has tied us even closer with common interests. The Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk will provide the best Chinese language and culture courses to the University and local residents, contributing to producing a new generation of talent with profound knowledge of China.”
In his speech, Lammek said, “The establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk is a landmark event in the economic, cultural and youth exchanges between China and Poland. The University of Gdańsk greatly values its cooperation with CYUPS and hopes to expand their exchange and collaboration in fields of academic research, culture and language.”
Chinese and polish guests jointly unveiling the nameplate of the Confucius Institute
When addressing the ceremony, Wang Xinqing said that all faculty and students of CYUPS take deep pride in co-establishing this Confucius Institute with the University of Gdańsk, and that CYUPS will provide its substantial support to the development of the Institute. In the future, this Institute will certainly become a “golden bridge” for strengthening China-Poland exchange and friendship.
In addition, Małgorzata Omilanowska expressed her good wishes to the Confucius Institute. Pawel, President of the Polish-Chinese Friendship Association, presented a sculpture of Confucius, entitled “the Exemplary Teacher for All Ages”, to the Confucius Institute.
At the ceremony, students of the Chinese class from the No. 9 Secondary School in Gdańsk performed a dragon dance for the guests. Later, in the melodious Chinese and Polish folk songs performed by the choir of the University of Gdańsk, all the delegates toasted to celebrate the official opening of the Confucius Institute. They also visited the “Beautiful China” Photo Exhibition and an exhibition of Chinese cultural items co-organized by the Chinese Consulate General in Gdańsk and China Youth University of Political Studies. Reporters from many local media and news agencies attended and reported on the event.
It is learned that the Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk, with an office area of around 1,200 square meters, is the largest one in Poland and the first one in northern Poland.
By School of International Education and Exchange of CYUPS;
Confucius Institute at the University of Gdańsk