Educational Cooperation for One Decade—Confucius Classroom at Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” Affiliated to Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza Holds 2019 Spring Festival Gala

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy [Time]    2019-03-04 15:09:37 

On February 15th, local time, the Confucius Classroom at Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” affiliated to Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza held the 2019 Spring Festival Gala. Over 400 people attended the gala, including Michele Geraci, Undersecretary of State at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Federico Masini, Italian Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Li Ruiyu, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Luo Ping, Education Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Italy, Zhang Hong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza, teachers, students and their parents from Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” and local representatives from all walks of life.

Li Ruiyu in his speech spoke highly of the students’ command of the Chinese language, recognizing their accurate pronunciation, correct grammar and precise wording. From their performance, he felt the confidence rooted in the understanding of the Chinese culture and passion for the Chinese language. He also showed gratitude for the support given by the Italian government and Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II”, as well as the efforts made by Confucius Institute teachers. He said China-Italy relations are the best ever in history with fruitful results made in exchanges of trade, culture, education and science. And the closer relations, in turn, provided a broader platform for the development of students in the two countries.

Li Ruiyu delivering a speech

Michele Geraci sent Chinese New Year’s greetings to guests in fluent Chinese. He said the students’ command of the Chinese language surprised him at the gala, although he had heard about it before. As a Chinese language learner, he appreciated their diligent and serious efforts. He also expressed his gratitude for the teaching cooperation between Chinese and Italian teachers and the support by the Confucius Institute at the University of Rome La Sapienza, hoping that the students took the Chinese learning as a valuable opportunity to explore a broader world and enrich themselves.

Michele Geraci delivering a speech

At the gala, a variety of excellent performances were presented. Mario Lomonaco and Nicholas Kovacich, the champions in the 2018 Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Pisa, Italy, performed an original skit The World’s Greatest Navigators, presenting the dialogues across the time and space between Columbus and Zheng He, two famous navigators from Italy and China. Through the skit, they intended to encourage people to explore the world and learn about different cultures.

The World’s Greatest Navigators

The first-grade students performed the Three Character Classic in a combined form of recitation, song and rap. The second-grade students brought the skit Almost the Same that described the similarities and differences between the two ancient civilizations of China and Italy in food culture, family values, art and so on. The skit Beijing Express produced by the third-grade students based on their Beijing Summer Camp experience showed the charm of contemporary China in the eyes of young people. And the recitation show called China in Our Eyes given by the fourth-grade students described the changes over the past 40 years since China’s reform and opening up, which amazed the audience.

Three Character Classic

Almost the Same

Beijing Express

The Chinese and Italian teachers and students from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di ROMA were invited to present “The Song of the Yangtze River” and “Libiamo ne' lieticalici”, two classical songs in China and Italy respectively, expressing their respect for nature and appreciation for the friendship between the two countries. Teachers from the Confucius Institute at University of Rome La Sapienza sang the song “Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms” with students for the first time which won a round of applause.

Teachers and students from Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di ROMA performing the show

Cralotta Rosselli and Matilde Monlinari Giglietti who had returned from Shanghai shared their overseas studying experience there. They said studying in China was an unforgettable experience that helped them grow in all aspects and they hoped to study further in China someday. At the gala, representatives of the second to fifth grade received the HSKcertificates.


As the annual cultural feast in celebration of the Spring Festival, the Spring Festival Gala had been held by Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” for ten consecutive years. With the improved teaching level and closer cooperation between China and Italy in educational projects, the gala provided a platform of learning and showing Chinese and Italian cultures for students and served as a model project of educational cooperation between the two countries, attracting high attention from local media and other social communities. Before the gala, the Culture Channel of Radiotelevi-sioneItaliana (RAI) interviewed Li Ruiyu, Luo Ping and Federico Masini.

In the interview, Luo Ping recognized the leading role of Convitto Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” in Chinese language teaching and introduced the educational exchanges between China and Italy.

Federico Masini briefed the support to the program from the Confucius Institute, the University of Rome La Sapienza and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Over the last decade, he said, China and Italy had witnessed the growth of this program. He appreciated the efforts of all the Chinese teachers, for that today’s fruits couldn’t be achieved without the common dream and faith.

Story by Chen Chen, Yang Yimu and Fu Yuge; photos by Li Jiayu