Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, confers honorary doctorate degree on Madam Xu Lin
On October 6th, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE, for its Hungarian acronym), Hungary, held a grand ceremony in the ancient yet solemn Faculty of Law auditorium, where Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree, in recognition of her remarkable contributions to spreading Chinese language and culture as well as facilitating cooperation between China and Hungary.
Ushered by nine etiquette officials, the members of the university council consisting of the Rector, the Chancellor and directors of all the faculties of the ELTE attended the ceremony. Mr. Barna Mezey, Rector of the ELTE, presided over the ceremony and addressed the event. He introduced the nearly 400 years of academic traditions of the ELTE and how the honorary doctorate degree came into being, hailing that Xu’s achievements to her motherland, to mankind and to Sino-Hungarian educational and cultural exchanges deserved the highest honor of the university.
László Borhy, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the ELTE and Academician of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, read out the complimentary speech on the presentation of the honorary doctorate degree, in which he reviewed the development history of Confucius Institutes around the world, spoke highly of the outstanding contributions made by Madam Xu Lin to promoting the Chinese language, spreading Chinese culture and enhancing international education and cultural exchanges as well as extended heartfelt gratitude to her for offering the Confucius Institute at the ELTE vigorous support and help for a long time. At the request of multiple professors of the Faculty of Humanities of the ELTE, the ELTE council reached a consensus on bestowing an honorary doctorate degree on Madam Xu Lin.
Rector of the ELTE Barna Mezey conferring an honorary doctorate degree on Madam Xu Lin
In her acceptance speech, Madam Xu Lin expressed that the honorary doctorate degree granted by the ELTE, a world-renowned institution of higher learning, was not only great encouragement to herself but also firm affirmation of the work done by Hanban and support for over 500 Confucius Institutes in 139 countries across the globe. Yesterday, the distinguished guests from China and Hungary including Chinese leader Liu Yunshan and First Officer of the Hungarian National Assembly Márta Mátrai attended and addressed the ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the ELTE, respectively, as well as unveiled the plaque for the “Belt and Road” Research Center of the ELTE, which deeply inspired us and made us keenly aware of the great responsibility that we shouldered. She pointed out that the national policy of Hungary “Opening up to the East” was perfectly aligned with China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative and the Confucius Institute would play a crucial role as a bridge in accelerating the Sino-Hungarian friendship.
The event was attended by approximately 300 people, including representatives from the Hungarian government as well as teachers and students from the ELTE and other universities hosting Confucius Institutes.
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