“Remember, You Are Not Fighting Alone!”
Universities Presidents and Confucius Institute Directors from Multiple Countries Express Support for China

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2020-02-29 08:55:40 

The development of the novelcoronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection has drawn worldwide attention. To contain the epidemic, China has made great efforts, which are highly praised by World Health Organization (WHO) and many other countries. In this one-hearted battle against the epidemic, support and encouragement from various countries, like a hot current, warmed this slightly deserted Year 2020.

“Remember, You Are not Fighting Alone”

Recently, Keith Brown, Vice President of the University ofManchester, the United Kindom, sent a letter of condolences to the Chinese partner Beijing Normal University, highly recognizing the cooperation with the Confucius Institute, and said that he would provide help for 10 teachers and volunteers working at the Confucius Institute, including visa extension due to the epidemic.

Anthony P. Monaco, President of Tufts University, also wrote to their Chinese partner Beijing Normal University, expressing his firm support for the efforts made by the Chinese people in combating the novel coronavirus, and looking forward to China ’s efforts and strong international cooperation to overcome these challenges as soon as possible.

Stuart N. McCutheon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, wrote in the letter that they appreciated the profound effort that China had put into containing the novel coronavirus. This is an extremely difficult situation for China, as a partner, they expressed sincere condolences and would assist and support Chinese students in any way they could.

Anna Polkina, Acting Vice President of Foreign Affairs ofSt Petersburg State University, Russia, sent a letter of condolences to the Confucius Institute Headquarters on behalf of the teachers and students.

She said in the letter, “The recent novel coronavirus disease in Wuhan has pulled at the heartstrings of the Russian people, and on behalf of all the teachers and students of St. Petersburg State University, I would like to extend my heartfelt greetings and support to the Chinese people.

“As the Chinese idiom goes, when disastersstrikes, help comes from all sides. The disaster also witnessed the great friendship between Russia and China. We believe that with the leadership of the Chinese government and the support of the people from all countries in the world, the Chinese people will surely work together to combat the epidemic and overcome the difficulties.”

A letter from Jean-Rosaire IBARA, President of the Marien Ngouabi University (UMNG),The Republic of Congo, said that the novel coronavirus pneumonia has taken many lives recently, and he was deeply moved by the Chinese people’s fighting spirit against the epidemic.

“I would like to express my support to the Chinese people, especially to the Confucius Institute Headquarters, as they all struggled to overcome the novel coronavirus disease. At the same time, I also want to pay tribute to the Chinese medical staff, who even sacrificed their lives in the combat.

“Remember: you are not fighting alone. As we often say, when we come up against difficulties, we should cross a river in the same boat. Long live China-Congo friendship!”

A Letter of sympathy was also sent by Peregrino da Costa, President of theUniversity of São Tomé and Príncipe, and Lúcio Magalhães, Director of the Confucius Institute. They said “We are deeply saddened by the epidemic of the novel coronavirus disease in China, which taken the lives of thousands of people. The University of São Tomé and Príncipe and the people of São Tomé and Príncipe extend most heartfelt condolences to Confucius Institute Headquarters, the bereaved families and the brother Chinese people.

“We are in solidarity with you, and with the Chinese government. This is a very big challenge, but we believe the Chinese people will face up it and that everything will be resolved soon. ”

The President of Mining– metallurgical Institute of Tajikistan Fozirzoda Mukhtor also sent a letter to their Chinese partner China University of Petroleum (East China) immediately to express their sincere greetings. Upon learning that the Huangdao District of Qingdao City where the partner university is located was affected by the epidemic, Mining– metallurgical Institute of Tajikistan donated 3,000 disposable surgical masksto convey their support and blessings.

Andras Toma, President of University of Miskolc, Hungary, sent his condolences to his Chinese partner, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, expressing regret over the outbreak of coronavirus and wishing all teachers, students and their families a safe and healthy life. At the same time, the university has taken measures to ensure the safety and health of its staff and students, including the Confucius Institute, and said that the university is willing to provide any help for China to overcome the difficulties.

Ujhelyi István, the former Deputy Speakers of the National Assembly of Hungary, the current Chairman of the Europe-China “One Belt One Road” Culture & Tourism Development Committee and the Chairman of the Hungarian side of the Confucius Institute at University of Szeged, said,“Our friendly relationship is not only reflected in laughter and enjoyment of success, but alsoin our unity in the face of difficulties. I will always stand by your side unwaveringly, extending my friendly blessings to you, and offering you all the help I could provide.”

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