Welcome Ceremony for Primary and Secondary School Principals from Confucius Institute of Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand to China Held at Xiamen University

[Source]    Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters at Xiamen University [Time]    2019-04-25 13:40:50 

On April 15th, a welcome ceremony for the primary and secondary school principals from Confucius Institute of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand to visit China was held at the conference room in Song’en Building, Siming Campus of Xiamen University. Mao Tongwen, Director of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Zhao Yezhu, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, and Chen Lijing, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute attended the ceremony.

The scene at the welcome ceremony

The ceremony was kicked off in the introduction video to Xiamen University, during which the principals were amazed at the beautiful campus environment and fruitful academic achievements of the university. Mao Tongwen welcomed the principals’ delegation and illustrated the origins and connections between Xiamen and Wellington, the development history of Xiamen University and the working features of the Southern Base of Confucius Institute Headquarters. He believed that through this visit, the principals’ delegation will have a deeper understanding of modern and contemporary China and the Chinese educational philosophy. He looks forward to closer exchanges and cooperation between the two countries to promote China-New Zealand friendly communication.

Mao Tongwen delivering a speech

Rex Wilson, Principal of the Taradale Intermediate School, delivered a speech on behalf of the principals’ delegation to China. He chanted a resonant Maori ode, expressing his gratitude and blessings to Xiamen University, and said that the principals were greatly impressed by the university’s unique natural landscape and profound cultural deposits. He stated that the most important factor in education is “people” and that only by enhancing exchanges and cooperation can we continuously deepen our mutual understandings and learn more about each other. He looks forward to more opportunities in educational cooperation with Chinese schools in the future. After that, the principals jointly sang Maori songs to express again their gratitude to Xiamen University.

Rex Wilson delivering a speech

Group photo

To have an overall understanding of China’s education situation, the delegation will visit a number of universities, primary and secondary schools, and educational institutions in Beijing and Xiamen during their 14-day trip, and communicate with the teaching supervisors, teachers as well as the local community.

Story by Chen Wenqian and Li Mingyang