First Confucius Institute in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Unveiled

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Nouakchott, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania [Time]    2019-07-08 10:55:27 

On June 24, local time, the first Confucius Institute in Mauritania held an unveiling ceremony at the University of Nouakchott. More than 200 people, including Sidi Ould Salem, Mauritanian Minister of Higher Education and Research, Ahmedou Haouba, President of the University of Nouakchott, Cheikh Saad Bou Kamara, Dean of the School of Literature and Science and Humanities and Mauritanian Director of the Confucius Institute, Zhang Jianguo, Chinese Ambassador to Mauritania, Wang Jian, Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, Guo Jian, Chair of the University Council of Hebei University, Shao Baohui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, and representatives of the Chinese medical team, representatives of Chinese-funded institutions as well as teachers and students of the Chinese Department of the University of Nouakchott attended the event.

The guests

Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters sent a congratulatory letter to the event. In his letter, he said that China and Mauritania are good friends of political mutual trust, good partners of equality and mutual benefit, good brothers who support each other with fruitful cooperation in various fields. It is hoped that the University of Nouakchott and Hebei University will work closely together to build the Confucius Institute into an important platform for teachers, students and folks of Mauritania to learn Chinese and understand China, and to make positive contributions to enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

In his speech, Zhang Jianguo pointed out that the Confucius Institute at the University of Nouakchott was a milestone in the history of China-Mauritania cultural and educational exchanges. It was also the concrete result of the Belt and Road Initiative and the "eight major initiatives of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. He said that the Chinese Embassy in Mauritania would use this as an opportunity to enhance the support of Chinese teaching and cultural exchanges in Mauritania. It is also hoped that all relevant departments of China and Mauritania would provide all-round support and help to make the Confucius Institute another beautiful business card for China-Mauritania people-to-people exchanges.

Sidi Ould Salim said in his speech that the constructive relationship between the University of Nouakchott and Hebei University has set a new milestone for the already exemplary cooperation between Mauritania and China. He hoped that the Confucius Institute would improve the teaching level of Chinese in Mauritania and further strengthen cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Guo Jian said that under the general trend of mutual exchange and understanding among the world civilizations, China had adhered to mutual learning and win-win cooperation with all countries in the world, which had also brought rare historical opportunities and broad space for the development of Confucius Institutes. He emphasized that Hebei University would fully support the future development of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nouakchott, and help the Confucius Institute to promote the Chinese teaching to speakers of other languages and cultural exchanges and enhance comprehensive exchanges between teachers and students of the two universities.

Ahmedou Haoba said that the future of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nouakchott would be full of hope. He noted to promote the spread of Chinese language and culture on the premise of respecting the laws and regulations of Mauritania. Students from the University of Nouakchott and local people are welcomed to study the Chinese language and profound Chinese culture at the Confucius Institute.

Afterwards, Sidi Ould Salim, Ahmedou Haoba, Zhang Jianguo and Guo Jian jointly unveiled the Confucius Institute at the University of Nouakchott .Then the guests visited the new Confucius Institute office area and teaching area.

The unveiling ceremony

At the unveiling ceremony, teachers and students of Hebei University performed Chinese calligraphy, painting, martial arts, folk songs and folk dances. Students from Hebei University and the University of Nouakchott jointly sang the traditional Chinese folk song “Jasmine” and won rounds of applause from the audience.

Artistic performances

Mauritania’s National Television Channel One and Two, together with the most widely popular Arabic mainstream newspaper, The People, covered the unveiling ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nouakchott.