Striving for New Chapters-5th Anniversary of Confucius Institute at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University

[Source]    Confucius Institute at SS Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia [Time]    2018-10-25 17:40:37 
 

On October 5th, local time, Confucius Institute at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University held its fifth anniversary celebration at Macedonian Opera and Ballet. More than 300 people, including Nikola Jankulovski and Biljana Angelova, rector and vice rector of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Yin Lixian, Chinese Ambassador to Macedonia, Confucius Institute staff, students and locals, attended the ceremony.

The celebration started with awarding the Certificates of Completion. Vlatko Stoilkov, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, and Liao Wei, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, delivered speeches respectively, thanking everyone for their support over the past five years. Afterwards, Nikola Jankulovski presented the Certificates of Completion to more than 100 Confucius Institute students.


Group photo

At the same time, 32 exquisite display boards with more than 200 pictures arranged in the theater’s outer hall presented not only the development of the Confucius Institute in the past five years but also showed the fruitful results it has achieved in Chinese teaching, cultural activities, academic exchanges, and other aspects. The calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, paper cutting and Chinese knot presented by Chinese teachers and volunteers attracted many audiences to engage in the activities.


Achievement exhibition


Cultural demonstration

At 8 p.m., the celebration gala kicked off. Nikola Jankulovski and Yin Lixian delivered congratulatory speeches on the occasion. They recognized the Confucius Institute’s contribution to cultural exchanges between the two countries, and praised the unity and cooperation of all staff. Expressing full confidence in the bright prospect of friendly exchanges between Macedonia and China, they earnestly wished the Confucius Institute a promising future.


Nikola Jankulovski delivering a speech


Yin Lixian delivering a speech

Vlatko Stoilkov and Liao Wei thanked the Macedonian government, the Chinese embassy and all sectors of society for their support, reviewed the development of the Confucius Institute in the past five years, and briefly introduced its development plan.


Vlatko Stoilkov delivering a speech


Liao Wei delivering a speech

Later on, Nikola Jankulovski and Biljana Angelova presented certificates to enterprises and units that have supported the cause of building the Confucius Institute and expressed the most sincere gratitude.


Solo performance


Guzheng show

In the end, the wonderful artistic performance brought the celebration to a climax. Suzana Spasovska, a famous Macedonian singer, and a Chinese music teacher performed songs in languages of both countries. The audience feasted their eyes on a modern dance presented by Elena Restiska, Guzheng solo “The New Song of Doingting Lake”, Tai Chi performed by the Macedonian Tai Chi Association, and a traditional Macedonian dance presented by the student art group of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University.


Tai Chi show


Traditional Macedonia dance

A number of Macedonian media outlets covered the event.

 
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