Photo Exhibition on Belt and Road Initiative Held in Coimbra

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Coimbra [Time]    2019-06-20 17:51:05 

On June 12th, local time, the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was held at the University of Coimbra (UC) in Portugal. The exhibition was sponsored by the Chinese embassy in Portugal and organized by the Confucius Institute at the UC.

Attendees of the event included Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique; Joao Nuno, Vice President of the UC; Joaquim Carvalho, former Vice President of the UC; Rui Marcos, President of the UC’s Academic Institute of China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries and Law School; Zhu Quanwei, Honorary President of the UC’s alumni association in Macao and President of the Macao Academy Education Fund Society; as well as heads of the UC’s schools and some leaders of overseas Chinese from central Portugal.

Opening ceremony

Cai Run said in his speech that the photo exhibition fully demonstrated the development vision, important achievements and far-reaching significance of the BRI. He hoped the wonderful pictures can help local students deepen their understanding of the BRI and encourage them to participate in the cooperation under the BRI between China and Portugal, as well as contribute to deepening the friendship and cooperation between the two countries and building a community of shared future for mankind.

Cai Run speaking at the opening ceremony

Joao Nuno said that the UC has always attached importance to exchanges and cooperation with China. The university has established such organization as the Confucius Institute and the Academic Institute of China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries, offered Chinese and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) courses, and cooperated with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in humanities research. The photo exhibition will enable the teachers and students at the UC as well as local people in central Portugal to have a deeper understanding of China’s development. In the future, the UC will keep Portuguese language teaching as its feature and strive to become an important bridge for dialogue and exchanges between Portugal and China.

Joao Nuno speaking at the opening ceremony

Zhou Miao, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the UC, said that the Institute is the only Confucius Institute focusing on TCM on the Iberian Peninsula. Since its inception these years ago, it has taken the TCM and Chinese language teaching as its major task and organized various cultural activities for Portuguese people to understand China, and learn Chinese medicine as well as its language.

Guests visiting the photo exhibition

After the speeches, the guests watched a promo video entitled “China Beyond Your Imagination” and enjoyed Guizhou folk songs by faculties of the Confucius Institute. At last, they visited the photo exhibition and learned the story behind each picture. They were all amazed by China’s rapid growth and fruitful results achieved through the BRI.