Library of China Unveiled at University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca, Morocco

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca [Time]    2019-11-12 08:44:47 
 

On October 28th in Morocco, the unveiling ceremony of the Library of China was held at University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca. The event was sponsored by the State Council Information Office of China, organized by China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation and University of Hassan II Casablanca, and co-organized by the Chinese Embassy in Morocco, the library of University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca and the Confucius Institute at University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca. Abdelhamid Jmahri, Vice President of the Casablanca-Settat’s regional council, Aawatif Hayar, President of University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca, Guo Weimin, Vice Minister of the State Council Information Office of China, Li Li, Chinese Ambassador to Morocco, Chen Dongyun, Cultural Counselor, members of the delegation of the State Council Information Office of China, Moroccan friends from various circles, and representatives of Chinese and Moroccan media, nearly a hundred people, attended the event.


The unveiling ceremony

Before the ceremony, students from Confucius Institute at University of Hassan Ⅱ Casablanca gave a performance with traditional Chinese musical instruments, including erhu, Chinese lute, and cucurbit flute, and displayed a work of Chinese calligraphy, which helped guests get close to experience the unique charm of Chinese culture and national musical instruments in China.


Artistic performance of Chinese culture

At the unveiling ceremony, Guo Weimin said in his speech that exchanges between China and Morocco had a long history. From the ancient Silk Road to the joint-construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, exchanges and mutual learning of civilizations between the two countries have been able to be continuous and enduring, providing rich cultural nourishment and a solid foundation of public opinion for the sound development of bilateral relations. As one of the largest and oldest public universities in Morocco, University of Hassan II Casablanca has a profound cultural accumulation and an open philosophy for education, and has long supported the establishment of the Confucius Institute, creating a favorable atmosphere for Chinese teaching. The Library of China jointly established by the State Council Information Office of China and University of Hassan II Casablanca is equipped with more than 2,000 kinds of fine books, audio-visual products, as well as large numbers of digital resources. This library not only introduces China's economy, politics, culture, society, ecology, science and technology, but provides an important window for the Moroccan people to fully understand and appreciate China, and offers a high-end platform for academic and cultural exchanges between China and Morocco as well.


Guo Weimin addressing the ceremony

Hayar said in her speech that the establishment of the Library of China would help Moroccan students better know and understand Chinese culture, and become a bridge connecting University of Hassan II Casablanca and Chinese culture. She pointed out that University of Hassan II Casablanca would further strengthen cooperation with Chinese universities, and support and continue to promote the development of Chinese teaching. Meanwhile, she also hoped to seek more opportunities for cooperation with China in the future.


Hayar addressing the ceremony

“It's a great pleasure to see the establishment and opening of the Library of China. For Casablanca and China, there are many successful examples of cooperation, which are inseparable from the joint efforts of the both sides. We hope to continue to strengthen academic exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, and build a better future together.” Abdelhamid Jmahri said in his speech.


Abdelhamid Jmahri addressing the ceremony

Finally, Ling Li, Deputy Director General of the External Promotion Bureau of the State Council Information Office of China, and Elmkaddem Kheddioui, Vice President of University of Hassan II Casablanca, signed an agreement on co-building the “Library of China”.


The signing ceremony

During the unveiling ceremony, the photo exhibition, entitled as “Glorious History in Magnificent Chapter-Photo Exhibition on the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of New China”, was on display at the library of University of Hassan II Casablanca. This exhibition showed the glorious course, great achievements and valuable experience of the 70 years since the founding of new China, through which the Moroccan people could get close to feel the development and changes of China in the past 70 years, and effectively enhance their understanding of and emotional identification with China.


Guests visiting the photo exhibition

The “Library of China” is a brand project for the State Council Information Office of China to introduce China to foreign countries and promote cultural exchanges between home and abroad. The “Library of China” of University of Hassan II Casablanca is the 20th library of its kind set up overseas by the State Council Information Office of China to introduce China.

 
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