Confucius Institute at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (CIUAF) Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Model Teaching Building

[Source]    CIUAF, Pakistan [Time]    2019-04-17 13:31:34 

On April 9th, the groundbreaking ceremony of the model teaching building of the CIUAF was held at the main campus of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). Zafar Iqbal, President of the UAF, and Yao Jing, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, laid the foundation stone for the new teaching building. Farrukh Habib, a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Long Dingbin, Chinese Consul-General to Lahore, and other guests attended the ceremony.

In his speech, Yao Jing said that the CIUAF has carried out multi-level Chinese language teaching and colorful cultural exchange activities and served the multi-disciplinary cooperation among higher institutions in the two countries, becoming the Confucius Institute with the most Chinese language teaching points and the broadest extension coverage of Chinese language teaching in Pakistan. It is hoped that the Chinese and foreign partner universities can sincerely cooperate with each other, make contributions to deepening people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Pakistan, make full use of the bridge role of promoting China-Pakistan cooperation and advancing China-Pakistan friendship, and elevate China-Pakistan cooperation to a new height.

Yao Jing delivering a speech

In his speech, Zafar Iqbal extended his gratitude to Chinese Embassy to Pakistan for its attention to promoting Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture. He also expressed thanks to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Xinjiang Agricultural University for their great support and assistance in the construction of the teaching building of the CIUAF.

Jiang Ping’an, President of Xinjiang Agricultural University, specially sent a letter to congratulate the holding of the foundation stone laying ceremony. In the letter, he hoped the CIUAF to further expand the teaching scale after the completion of the teaching building and cultivate more outstanding talents to make due contributions to the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and make them the envoys of friendly communications between the two countries.

Zhou Changming, Chinese Director of the CIUAF, said that the new teaching building covers an area of 4,000 square meters with a seating capacity of at least 420 students. This building has set up laboratories for speech, general course classrooms, and language course classrooms. After its completion, this building will help the CIUAF further expand the teaching scale, improve the teaching quality and better carry out cultural exchange activities.

At the end of the ceremony, Yao Jing visited the CIUAF and exchanged views with the teachers and students there. He encouraged the teachers to make persistent efforts to promote Chinese culture, advance China-Pakistan cultural communications and make greater contributions to deepening mutual understanding.

The guests

Since its establishment in 2015, the CIUAF always takes teaching Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture as its own duty, achieving rapid development in the past four years. So far, the CIUAF has set up seven teaching points with a total of over 7,600 registered students and nearly 6,000 HSK examinees. It has totally held 59 cultural activities, which attracted more than 26,000 participants.

Story by Tang Xiaowei; photos by Wang Peng