Confucius Institute Headquarters holds "Open Day" to promote cultural exchanges

[Source]    Xinhua News Agency [Time]    2015-10-14 17:06:42 

BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua News Agency, reported by Wang Sibei) -- "China boasts a long history, and it has been my dream since childhood to come to China and study Chinese language and culture here", said a young Egyptian lady named Lana at the 2nd Confucius Institute Headquarters Open Day celebration on September 25th. Currently studying Chinese at Peking University, Lana hoped that she could disseminate in Egypt what she had learnt about Chinese culture.

On 25th September, the 2nd Confucius Institute Headquarters Open Day themed on "Cultural Exchanges and World Peace" was held in Beijing. The event was attended by envoys to China from 38 countries, representatives from organizations that promote languages and cultures such as Cervantes Institute and Russian Cultural Center, representatives from some Beijing-based Chinese partner universities of Confucius Institutes, and Confucius Institute students on a scholarship to study in China.

At the opening ceremony, Michael Mashakada, a student from Zimbabwe currently studying in China, recited the well-known poem Prelude to Water Melody. “As a traditional Chinese festival for family reunion, the Mid-Autumn Day is just around the corner,” said Michael, “The poem Prelude to Water Melody expresses the poet's longing for his family on that full-moon night." He also told the reporter that he had learnt a lot about Chinese culture and traditions since he came to China two years ago. He hoped that he could contribute to the promotion of friendship and cultural exchanges between China and Zimbabwe.

In his speech, Shi Jianjun, Member of the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and President of University of International Business and Economics, said that the Confucius Institute not only equips a large number of international students with a profound knowledge about the Chinese language and cross-cultural communication, but also builds a bridge for exchanges in science, technology and culture among universities and offers support for their internationalization.

It is learnt that, up to now, altogether 495 Confucius Institutes and 1,000 Confucius Classrooms at primary and secondary schools have been built up in 134 countries around the world.

Speaking at the event, Paul Kavanagh, Ambassador of Ireland to China, said that cultural exchange enables us to be more tolerant and helps us avoid conflicts, hence bringing peace and reconciliation. Therefore, the Confucius Institute facilitates peace. And as its friends and partners, we will work together and commit ourselves to the cause of world peace. 


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