Third Confucius Institute in Netherlands Unveils Its Nameplate

[Source]    Xinhua News Agency [Time]    2017-07-12 17:36:31 
 

The Confucius Institute at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences unveiled its nameplate on July 7th. This was the third Confucius Institute in the Netherlands which is jointly established by Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in China and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

Wu Ken, Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands, addressed the unveiling ceremony. He said that after the establishments of the Confucius Institute at Leiden University in western Netherlands in 2006 and the Confucius Institute at University of Groningen in northern Netherlands in 2011, the Confucius Institute at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is set up at the right moment, bringing more convenience for Dutch friends to learn Chinese. He believed that the establishment of the institute will open a door for Dutch people, the young friends in particular, to learn Chinese language and culture, and to foster more non-governmental goodwill ambassadors between the two countries.

Karel van Rosmalen, President of the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, said that the Chinese language teaching in his university has a history of over 30 years and he has always been yearning to set up a Confucius Institute over the years. Now, the Confucius Institute at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is inaugurated and his dream has finally come true.

Rob Kuster, Dutch Director of the Confucius Institute at Zuyd University of Applied Science told the journalist that Chinese education is currently only offered to students in this university and the number of students learning Chinese language in the university is about 350. There are many people who love Chinese language and culture in southern Netherlands where Zuyd University of Applied Sciences is located. The Confucius Institute will open the door to local businesses, institutions and government departments.

Kuster said, “This is our opportunity and challenge to make quality Chinese teaching and Chinese culture courses available for everyone who is eager to learn Chinese and wants to know about China here.”

Story by Liu Fang, Xinhua News Agency, Maastricht, Netherlands, July 7th

 
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