Leibniz Confucius Institute in Germany Holds Chinese New Year Reception

[Source]    CRI Online [Time]    2019-03-11 14:53:32 

On the evening of March 5th, local time, the Leibniz Confucius Institute, which is located in the northern German city of Hannover, held a Chinese New Year reception at the Hannover City Hall. Nearly 100 guests, including Chinese and German statesmen, economic elites and scientific researchers from Hannover and surrounding regions, gathered together and deepened friendship.

Guzheng and pipa play at the reception

Paintings of students in Hunan Changde First Kindergarten displayed at the reception

Paintings of students in Hunan Changde First Kindergarten displayed at the reception

Stefan Schostok, Mayor of the City of Hanover, said in his speech that Hanover, known as a “City of Convention and Exhibition”, has maintained a close tie with China in economy, trade, education and culture for a long time. He firmly believed that Hanover would further deepen its friendship with China.

Stefan Schostok delivering a speech

Du Xiaohui, Consul General of China in Hamburg, noted that the pig embodies a good meaning both in Chinese and German languages. He believed that the friendship between China and Germany would be further deepened and continue to deliver more brilliant results in the Year of the Pig.

Du Xiaohui delivering a speech

Joachim Escher, Vice President of Leibniz University Hannover, delivering a speech

Jointly established by Leibniz University Hannover and Tongji University in Shanghai, the Leibniz Confucius Institute offers courses aiming at improving students’ comprehending capacity of Chinese language, culture, education, scientific research and other sectors as well as exploring the comparative connotation of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges between China and the rest of the world. According to Joachim Escher, on the one hand, exchanges and cooperation among universities and colleges play an extremely important role in the sustainable development of bilateral relations; and on the other hand, with China’s constant development and its all-round participation in international affairs, it is an irresistible trend to raise the “China capabilities” of universities and colleges in Germany. The universities and colleges in the two countries should learn from each other’s advantages to make up their own deficiencies. The Leibniz Confucius Institute has become a crucial platform for Leibniz University Hannover and even the City of Hannover to establish broader ties with China.

(Story by Ruan Jiawen ,CRI Online, CRI)

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