Tanzanian President John Magufuli Attends Handover Ceremony of Chinese Library Project at University of Dar es Salaam

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam [Time]    2018-12-14 15:40:26 

On November 27th local time, the handover ceremony of the Chinese Library Project at the University of Dar es Salaam was held successfully. Over 3,000 participants attended the ceremony, including John Magufuli, Tanzanian President, Joyce Ndalichako, Tanzanian Minister of Education, Palamagamba John Aidan Mwaluko Kabudi, Tanzanian Minister of Justice, Florens Luoga, Tanzanian Central Bank Governor, Paul Makonda, Dar es Salaam Governor, William A.L. Anangisye, Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Wang Ke, Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, foreign ambassadors of various countries to Tanzania, the representatives of Chinese-funded enterprises and overseas Chinese, and teachers and students of the University of Dar es Salaam.

In his speech, John Magufuli praised the Chinese library project at the University of Dar es Salaam. He said that from the Tanzania-Zambia Railway to the library, spanning more than half a century, China has long supported Tanzania’s development in various fields. China is a true friend of Tanzania and both countries enjoy profound friendship. The library will greatly improve the comprehensive teaching ability of the University. He hoped that teachers, students and people from all walks of life can make full use of the library.

He particularly stressed the importance of learning Chinese and encouraged Tanzanian people to learn it and learn it well. Today, China is developing rapidly in various fields such as economy, science and technology as well industry. At the same time, more and more Chinese are coming to Tanzania. Learning Chinese well will create more opportunities for Tanzanian people. Meanwhile, he hoped that more Chinese will learn Swahili because knowing each other’s languages will better promote exchanges and cooperation between the two sides in various fields.

John Magufuli delivering a speech

Wang Ke said in her speech that the Chinese library at the University of Dar es Salaam is the largest, best equipped and most modern library built by the Chinese government in Africa in recent years. The Chinese library is of great significance in supporting the teaching and education at the University of Dar es Salaam as well as the educational development in Tanzania, and will play an important role in training high-quality talents for the University.

Wang Ke delivering a speech

Several university alumni spoke at the invitation of John Magufuli. They said that the University of Dar es Salaam is now developing rapidly with such a modern library and rich learning resources. They hoped that students will cherish the opportunity, study hard, try to become high-quality talents and contribute new and inexhaustible strength to the development of Tanzania.

At the ceremony, the guests watched the wonderful performance presented by the teachers and students of the Confucius Institute. Guo Shoujing, a martial arts teacher of the Confucius Institute, led Tanzanian students to perform dragon and lion dances as well as martial arts full of Chinese characteristics. In addition to these shows, Confucius Institute teachers have also carefully prepared dances from Msukuma, President John Magufuli’s hometown. Dressed in unique local costumes, they painted special tribal designs on their faces and performed enthusiastically and energetically.

Teachers and students of the Confucius Institute performing dragon and lion dances

Teachers of the Confucius Institute performing the African dance

John Magufuli praised the wonderful performances of the teachers and students, especially for the teachers’ African dance. Live streaming of the handover ceremony was broadcast by major local media made Chinese teachers’ African dance become the talk in social media.

The Chinese Library Project of the University of Dar es Salaam aided and built by China covers an area of 20,000 square meters and consists of three parts: a library, a Confucius Institute and a China-Tanzanian Cultural Exchange Park. In the future, the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam will make full use of rich resources to train more high-level talents with Chinese proficiency, build a language bridge between China and Tanzania, continue to give full play to its advantages to serve the local society and promote exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.

Story by Zhang Liping