Unveiling Ceremony of Confucius Institute at University of Sao Tome and Principe Held

[Source]    Hubei University [Time]    2019-07-17 17:01:58 
 

On July 10th, local time, the unveiling ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sao Tome and Principe (USTP) was held at the parliament house of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. It is the first Confucius Institute in Sao Tome and Principe and it is co-established by the USTP and Hubei University.

The ceremony was attended by Jorge Bom Jesus, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Julieta Izidro Rodrigues, Minister of Education and Higher Education, Maria da GraçaLavres, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Vinicius Xavier de Pina, Minister of Youth and Entrepreneurship , Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa, President of the USTP, Wang Wei, Chinese Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe, Xie Hongxing, President of Hubei University, diplomatic envoys to Sao Tome and Principe, representatives from China-aided projects and Chinese-invested institutions, as well as teachers and students of Hubei University and Sao Tome University, over 900 people in total.


Group photo

In his congratulatory letter, Ma Jianfei, Deputy Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, said that since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sao Tome and Principe over two years ago, the comprehensive cooperative partnership has kept a good momentum and achieved mutual benefit. He hoped that the USTP and Hubei University could cooperate sincerely and work together to build the Confucius Institute as a bridge for educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, so as to make more contributions to enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

In his speech, Costa said that Chinese language enjoys profound culture and that Chinese language education will bring more chances to the students of Sao Tome and Principe. He believed that with joint efforts from all parties, the Confucius Institute at the USTP will make more achievements to promote the cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries. The USTP will back up the construction of the Confucius Institute, open its arms to the students and citizens of Sao Tome and Principe, and welcome them to learn Chinese language and culture at the Institute.


Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa delivering a speech

Xie Hongxing congratulated on the establishment of the Confucius Institute. He said that this establishment would serve as a positive platform for the exchanges between China and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe so as to strengthen the friendship between the two countries and further develop the exchanges and cooperation in terms of economy, politics, education, culture, etc. As the cooperative university, Hubei University will spare no efforts to support the construction of the Confucius Institute, and make contributions to building a high-level Confucius Institute with characteristics.


Xie Hongxing delivering a speech

Wang Wei said in his speech that, the Confucius Institute at the USTP has become a new bridge for enhancing mutual understanding. He also noted that with joint efforts of the two universities, this Confucius Institute can make positive contributions to strengthening bilateral friendship and promoting exchanges and cooperation in every field. Moreover, it will serve as a propeller for China and Africa to build a closer community of shared future for mankind, so as to realize common prosperity and development.


Wang Wei delivering a speech

In his speech, Jesus said the launch of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sao Tome and Principe is an important symbol of the friendly and cooperative relations between Sao Tome and Principe and China, which is conducive to the friendship between the two peoples. He hoped to take this opportunity to deepen friendly cooperation between the two countries. He also said that in the context of globalization, economic and social development and cultural and educational exchanges complement each other, and the young people in Sao Tome and Principe show great interest in China’s development and Chinese language. Confucius Institutes play a major role in the dissemination of Chinese language and culture. As Chinese language is the key to acquaint Chinese culture. Learning Chinese helps to know China and enhance mutual understanding between the two countries.


Jesus delivering a speech

Witnessed by the guests, teachers and students, Jesus, Costa, Wang Wei and Xie Hongxing unveiled the plaque of the Confucius Institute at the University of Sao Tome and Principe.


The unveiling ceremony

At the unveiling ceremony, teachers and students of Hubei University and the Confucius Institute of Sao Tome University jointly presented wonderful performance, including dragon and lion dance, Chinese calligraphy shows, martial arts, folk songs and dances, etc., which created a warm atmosphere in the scene with constant applause.