Confucius Classroom affiliated to the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza officially inaugurated, Italy

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza [Time]    2015-12-01 16:18:14 
 

On November 5th local time, the Confucius Classroom at University of Urbino Carlo Bo, the second one affiliated to the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza, was officially inaugurated. Guests attending the ceremony included Mr. Massimo Guidi, Minister of Education of Urbino, Prof. Vilberto Stocchi, Rector of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Mr. Luo Ping, Education Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Italy, and Chinese and Italian directors of the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza.

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Guests at the inauguration ceremony

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Prof. Vilberto Stocchi, Rector of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, addressing the event

In his speech, Prof. Vilberto Stocchi pointed out that the establishment of the Confucius Classroom at University of Urbino Carlo Bo marks an important achievement in international cooperation by the University after being successfully listed as one of the top 500 universities of the world. He noted that the University will provide all possible support to the development of the Confucius Classroom and increase the enrollment of the Chinese language program and its influence in the Urbino region.

While speaking at the ceremony, Counselor Luo Ping congratulated on the inauguration of this Confucius Classroom. He pointed out that the cooperation between the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza and the University of Urbino Carlo Bo in jointly establishing this Confucius Classroom is of great historic significance and adds new cultural connotations to this ancient city. He believed that the collaboration between the two institutions will further promote the popularization of the Chinese language in Marche Region and central Italy and enhance the comprehensive development of educational, cultural and economic cooperation between China and Italy.

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Italian musicians performing the guqin and the dizi

After the ceremony, two Italian musicians, Mr. Filippo Costantini and Ms. Barbara Piperno, performed the two Chinese classical musical instruments, guqin (a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family) and dizi (a Chinese transverse flute), respectively. Amid the beautiful melodies, Italian students recited some classic Chinese and Italian poems. Later, the choruses Santa Lucia and The Moon Represents My Heart pushed the event to an exciting climax.

As the first of its kind in Europe, the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza has always maintained a robust momentum in its development and witnessed increasing influence in Italy and even the entire Europe. Since the establishment of its first affiliated Confucius Classroom in 2009, the Confucius Classroom at Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II”, this Confucius Institute has received applications for cooperation from public universities, junior and senior high schools and primary schools in central, southern and western Italy. In the year 2015-2016, six Confucius Classrooms will be launched to further support the Chinese language teaching in Italy and boost the enthusiasm of Italian people in learning Chinese culture and language.

Story by Ji Xin & Jiang Ting

Photos by Liu Qinghui

 
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