Tanzanian President John Magufuli lays the foundation stone for the building of the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam [Time]    2016-06-30 11:22:21 
 

On June 2nd, local time, the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Chinese government aided projects of the University of Dar es Salaam Library and the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam was held. Mr. John Magufuli, President of Tanzania, laid the foundation stone for the building in person. Guests attending the foundation stone laying ceremony included former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete; Tanzania’s Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training Joyce Ndalichako, and Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania Lv Youqing.


President Magufuli writing his signature for the building


President Magufuli along with other guests laying the foundation stone for the building

At the ceremony, President Magufuli delivered a keynote speech, during which he acknowledged China as Tanzania’s true friend as well as the great assistance provided by China for the development of Tanzania. He also expressed the hope that the students would take full advantage of the resources to study hard, building a bridge between China and Tanzania to conduct friendly exchanges.


President Magufuli delivering a speech

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Lv Youqing pointed out that the University of Dar es Salaam enjoyed great fame in Africa, served as the cradle of Southern African revolutions and cultivated numerous African leaders. He noted that Chinese government and people would as always support the development of Tanzania.


Ambassador Lv Youqing making his remarks at the event

It is learned that the China-aided projects consist of the library, the Confucius Institute and the China-Tanzania Cultural Exchange Garden. Among them, the library covers an area of 18,000 m2, which can accommodate up to 2,100 people at a time, and contains inside a multifunctional conference hall equipped with simultaneous interpretation facilities with a seating capacity for 600 people. Occupying an area of 2,000 m2, the building of the Confucius Institute can house 500 students to have classes at the same time and it includes a comprehensive language lab as well as a multifunctional hall. The China-Tanzania Cultural Exchange Garden can serve as the venue for the Confucius Institute to conduct cultural, teaching and promotional activities.


A group photo of teachers and students at the Confucius Institute and the guests

To date, 12 teaching sites have been established by the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam. The completion of the building of the Confucius Institute will promote the further development of this Confucius Institute.

Photos by Zhao Xiaojie; Story by Zhang Chenyang