Realizing the “Chinese Dream” together: Confucius Institute at University College Dublin holds 10th Anniversary and Model Confucius Institute Building Completion Celebration event

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University College Dublin [Time]    2016-11-04 16:26:57 
 

On September 24 (local time), the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin held the 10th Anniversary and Model Confucius Institute Building Completion Celebration event. President of University College Dublin Mr. Andrew J. Deeks, Chinese Embassy in Ireland Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong, and China Renmin University Party Secretary Jin Nuo, along with over 400 other guests from all parts of Irish society, participated in the celebration.

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban wrote a special letter of congratulations. In the letter she said that, over the past 10 years, through the sincere cooperation of the University College Dublin and Renmin University, the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin has achieved remarkable success. It has held many spectacular cultural events, becoming an important platform for locals to understand China, and has proven instrumental in deepening the friendly ties between China and Ireland. The governments of the two countries hold the development of the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin in high esteem, thus together they have erected a building for the use of the Confucius Institute, the first of its kind in the world. This event also holds important demonstrative value for the sustainable development of global Confucius Institutes.


President Andrew J. Deeks introducing the functionality of the new CI building

Mr. Deeks told the guests about the many achievements made by the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin over the past 10 years, as well as the important role played by the building in promoting Chinese language and culture. Mr. Deeks said that Ireland has great interest in the customs and language of China, and that the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin plays a key role in this. After the completion of the Confucius Institute building, it will become a main highlight of the face of University College Dublin.


Rendering of the new building of the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin

During the celebration, designer of the new building Mr. Robin Li introduced the current status of the project, and specific plans for after completion of the building. He said that, after the building has been completed it will satisfy the educational and developmental needs of the institute, in a more open, more friendly, and more uniquely Chinese environment.


Mr. Yue Xiaoyong giving a speech

In his speech, Mr. Yue Xiaoyong expressed his praise for the achievements made by the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin in terms of promoting Chinese language and culture overseas. He said that, in the 10 years that the Confucius Institute has been active, it has taught over 6,000 Irish students, and held close to 100 Chinese-Irish cultural exchange events. He wishes that in the future the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin can be more open to the people of Ireland, especially youths, and that the Institute can serve as a window for understanding and promoting Irish culture.


Ms. Jin Nuo giving a speech

In her speech, Ms. Jin Nuo expressed her congratulations toward the 10th anniversary celebration of the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin. She believes that in the upcoming decade, China Renmin University will become an important partner in the development of the Confucius Institute at University College Dublin, and that together they will incessantly strive toward improvement. She also hopes that through this close international collaboration the two countries can deepen the friendship between the two schools, so as to improve the cooperative relations between China and Ireland.


Performance by the Renmin University Chamber Symphony

The artists of the Renmin University Chamber Symphony brought the event to a climactic peak, with their incredible performances of famous songs such as “My Home, Palermo”, “Beloved Land”, “Nostalgia”, and “Fields of Hope”.

Text: Xiong Sihao

 
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