Confucius Institute at University of Colombo holds inauguration ceremony
On the morning of Dec. 30th, Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo held the inauguration ceremony. The Confucius Institute was jointly established by the University of Colombo and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), and undertaken by Beijing Foreign Studies University and Honghe University.
Over 200 representatives from all walks of life, including Lakshman Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo; Pang Chunxue, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka; Han Zhen, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Gan Xuechun, President of Honghe University attended the ceremony.
Lakshman Dissanayake, Pang Chunxue, Han Zhen and Gan Xuechun unveiling the plaque of the Confucius Institute
The Confucius Institute Headquarters sent a letter of congratulation. The letter read that both China and Sri Lanka enjoy sincere interaction and generations of friendship, and both sides are each other's important cooperation partner in the "Belt and Road" initiative. The University of Colombo is a renowned higher education institution in Sri Lanka with the longest history, whereas Beijing Foreign Studies University is China's most-renowned language and culture university, and Honghe University is a famous university in southwest China. It is hoped that all three sides could work together and build the Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo into an important platform for local people to learn Chinese and know China, thus making positive contributions to promoting bilateral communication and cooperation in such areas as education, culture, economy and trade, as well as enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Dissanayake expressed in the speech that as a platform for academic exchanges between both countries, the Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo will further promote Sri Lanka-China friendship and cooperation in education, culture, business and other areas, so as to bring broad mutual benefit to both countries.
Pang pointed out in the speech that Confucius Institutes are a bridge of communication and mutual learning between the Chinese and foreign civilizations, a window for the world to know China and a link for China to deepen friendship with all countries. It is believed that the Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo will play a positive role in boosting bilateral friendly relations.
In their speeches, Han and Gan noted that Fa Xian, an eminent Chinese monk made positive contributions to bilateral cultural exchanges over 1,600 years ago. As an important window to enhance cultural communication between China and foreign countries, the Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo will not only become an important place for local youths to learn Chinese and understand China, but serve as a bridge to facilitate bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as economic and trade contacts. Both China and Sri Lanka will cooperate together to well build the Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo.
Students of University of Colombo performing the dance Thousand-handed Bodhisattva
Chinese and Sri Lankan guests launching the website of Confucius Institute at University of Colombo
At the unveiling ceremony, students of University of Colombo and volunteer teachers from the Confucius Institute at University of Kelaniya performed splendid shows with both countries’ features. Various media, including Xinhua News Agency in Sri Lanka and Asia Pacific Daily covered the event.
Story by Zhang Xi
Photos by Xinhua News Agency in Sri Lanka; Zhang Xueli from Asia Pacific Daily; University of Colombo; Honghe University