Premier Li Keqiang Witnesses Signing Ceremony of Establishing Confucius Institute at the University of Sao Tome and Principe

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-09-05 15:08:38 

On September 5th, Premier Li Keqiang held talks at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe, who was in China for the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Wang Wei, Chinese Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe, and Isabel Domingos, Ambassador of Sao Tome and Principe to China, signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Establishing the Confucius Institute at the University of Sao Tome and Principe with the witness of Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada.

The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is an island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of 14 islands including San Tome, Principe, Rôlas and Caroço. Covering an area of 1,001 square kilometers, the country, with its capital Sao Tome city, takes Portuguese as the official language and has a population of 204,000.

The University of Sao Tome and Principe is the only public university in the country. Its main duty is to train all kinds of talents urgently needed in the country’s construction and development. There are four colleges covering education, science and engineering, medical health, and development in the university with over 2000 students. With the in-depth development of relations between China and Sao Tome and Principe, the university has set up courses of Chinese language and culture.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Sao Tome and Principe is the first of its kind in the country and its Chinese partner is Hubei University. The establishment of the Confucius Institute will help to better meet the needs of young people in Sao Tome and Principe for learning Chinese and understand China’s needs, so as to play an active role in expanding educational and cultural exchanges as well as cooperation between the two countries and in enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.


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