Confucius Institute at Coventry University, the UK, officially inaugurated

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Coventry University [Time]    2016-06-02 13:04:34 

On May 12th, local time, the inauguration ceremony for the Confucius Institute at Coventry University, the UK, was officially held. Jointly established by Coventry University and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) as its Chinese partner university, this Confucius Institute is the 30th Confucius Institute in the UK and the first one in the West Midlands of the UK. The Confucius Institute at Coventry University will be committed to supporting the international trade of regional enterprises, highlighting the distinctive features of business culture and strengthening Chinese language promotion and cultural exchanges in the local community.

Guests attending the inauguration ceremony included Mr. Michael Hammon, Lord Mayor of Coventry; Mr. John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University; Minister Counselor Mr. Shen Yang and Minister Mr. Ni Jian from the Chinese Embassy in the UK; and Mr. Wang Qiao, President of JUFE.

During the ceremony, Minister Counsellor Shen Yang read out a congratulatory letter from Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban. In her message, Madam Xu Lin acknowledged the West Midlands’ position as a major region in the global exchange of British culture, economy and education and pointed out that the Confucius Institute at Coventry University, as the first Confucius Institute in the West Midlands, would shoulder the mission of promoting Chinese language and culture and become an important platform for the local people to study Chinese and get to know China, whilst also contributing to the enhancement of friendship between Chinese and British people.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor John Latham stressed that Coventry University had been attaching great importance to educational exchanges and international promotion between China and the UK. He said that the establishment of the Confucius Institute would facilitate communication and cooperation between the city of Coventry and Chinese enterprises and educational institutions in economic and cultural fields.

Then, Mr. John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University and Mr. Wang Qiao, President of JUFE jointly unveiled the nameplate and cut the ribbon for the Confucius Institute at Coventry University.

After the unveiling ceremony, the art troupe of JUFE and teachers and students of Coventry University staged fascinating art performances, including the dance Legend of the Dragon, classical Chinese poems recitation, Chinese song Drinking Tea, and Guzheng (Chinese zither) solo Fighting Against Typhoon. These performances presented a unique blend of classical Chinese art and British contemporary art, winning waves of applause from the audience.

Further to this, the faculty and volunteer Chinese teachers of the Confucius Institute conducted a variety of culture experience activities on the campus of Coventry University including Chinese paper cutting, Chinese knot making, Chinese calligraphy, tea ceremony and Peking Opera facial mask painting, which attracted a number of teachers and students of the university as well as local people to come to observe and experience Chinese culture. The performances of lion dance, Kung Fu fan dance and Taiji sword play on the square grabbed the audience’s attention, making the campus of Coventry University rich in strong Chinese flavor.

By Yao Liwei


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