Confucius Institute at University of Zimbabwe Holds “Belt and Road” International Seminar

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe [Time]    2018-09-06 15:34:28 
 

From August 24th to 25th, local time, the “Belt and Road” International Seminar sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe was officially held at the conference room of the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe. Paul Mapfumo, Acting Vice Chancellor for the University of Zimbabwe, Pedzisai Mashiri, Pro Vice Chancellor Professor, Itai Muwati, Dean of Arts, Herbert Mushangwe, Zimbabwean Director of the Confucius Institute, Wu Bo, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, and scholars from neighboring countries like South Africa, Zambia and Botswana all attended this seminar.

The seminar started with dancing and singing Chinese songs performed by students of the Confucius Institute. All guests were impressed by the melodious songs and dancing with Zimbabwean characteristics. Later, in his speech, Mashiri introduced achievements made by Zimbabwe and China in cooperation in such aspects as economy and education after the inception of the Belt and Road Initiative.


Choir of Confucius Institute singing Chinese songs


Mashiri delivering a speech

During the seminar, Zimbabwean representative scholars on energy and electricity delivered keynote speeches, centering on the topic of opportunity Zimbabwe’s development offered by the Belt and Road Initiative. They hoped that Zimbabwe will seize this opportunity to usher in a better future. According to his practices, Prof. Ma Xuesheng delivered a keynote speech, which titled “Status quo of traditional Chinese medicine education in South Africa and future development of the Belt and Road Initiative and Exploration of traditional Chinese medicine education in Africa”.


Ma Xuesheng delivering a speech

During the discussion, a participant asked Ma what is the relationship between traditional Chinese medicine and the Belt and Road Initiative. Ma pointed out that culture serves as the bridge and bond in the building of the Belt and Road Initiative. As one of the greatest heritages of traditional Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine does not only have the responsibility of being a bridge and bond, but also faces a great opportunity of “going global” in tandem with the Belt and Road Initiative, so that it can make greater contributions to human health. His answer was highly appraised by scholars at the seminar.


A participant asking questions

Scholars from Zambia had a heated discussion with participants on the topic of “China in Africa: case study of the relations between China and Zambia”. According to them, when people talked about the Belt and Road Initiative, the most important part is to understand the Silk Road Spirit of openness, inclusiveness and mutual benefit. Under the guidance of Silk Road Spirit, Africa and China will surely enjoy a bright future with mutual benefit, and Africa-China relations will embrace a new golden era.

Mushangwe introduced the role the Confucius Institute has played in the Belt and Road Initiative and the importance of learning Chinese. He suggested that Zimbabwe should be further involved in the Belt and Road Initiative. He also gave some real examples of benefiting from learning Chinese. With his vivid language and clear logic, his speech won waves of warm applause.


Mushangwe delivering a speech

Centering on the topic of “communication between China and Botswana in retail and construction industry, their cultural differences and development of Chinese language in Botswana”, scholars from Botswana shared some vivid domestic cases. They said that after the proposal of the Belt and Road Initiative, the development and innovation of Botswana and China are impressive.

Besides, scholars from different countries expressed their opinions on the question of how to better realize Africa-China win-win cooperation under the guidance of the Belt and Road Initiative. Chinese in Zimbabwe said that culture is of great importance to practicing the Belt and Road Initiative. They believed that understanding between the people holds the key to good relations between states, and that only by strengthening cultural exchanges can the vision of building a community of shared future be realized. All participants agreed that both sides should further strengthen the exchanges of ideas, so that African people can have an in-depth understanding of China’s modern development achievements and the profound connotation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

At the closing ceremony, Mushangwe made summary. He said that under the guidance of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe will realize better development. He also expected that Africa and China will further promote cooperation to advance common development.