Join Hands to Fight the Pandemic! Let’s Get Through It Together!

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2020-03-19 09:41:01 

In England, on behalf of the University of Sheffield, President Professor Koen Lamberts and Vice President Dr. Malcolm Butler send to Chinese people their concerns and best wishes.

According to Koen Lamberts, the outbreak of COVID-19 has been entirely devastating and its effects on people of all countries are still lasting. We are well aware that it affects our students, partners, and schoolfellows from China the most. Currently, the University of Sheffield holds about 6,000 Chinese students, while having close partnership with a number of Universities in China and also active groups of schoolmates in China and neighbouring countries.

The contribution that Chinese students, schoolfellows, and partners make to the scientific research, campus vitality, and intellectual exchange of our university are fairly positive. Chinese students and residents are much cherished by not only the University of Sheffield, but also the city. We care about everyone influenced by the pandemic, and our upmost support will be provided.

In Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, one subordinate of Confucius Institute for Primary and Secondary Schools in Scotland, the students give performance of Me and You in both English and Chinese, sending support and regard to friends fighting the virus in China.

In Belgium, through the collective discussion of Chinese Deans from six Confucius Institutes including Confucius Institute at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Confucius Institute at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Confucius Institute in Brussels, Confucius Institute at University College West Flanders, Confucius Institute in Liège, Confucius Institute at GROUP T-International Engineering Academy-University of Leuven, they propose a donation concerning the pandemic among Chinese personnel of Confucius Institutes, which has received active response.

With the help of Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Belgium and Hainan Airlines Brussels office, the relief donated has arrived at Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University through Hubei Branch of the Red Cross Society of China.

On the opening day of Confucius Institute at Moscow State Linguistic University, students Liu Qing, Shasha, and Tingting from Advanced Chinese Business Class encourage friends in Wuhan with an original poem.

Other students in the Advanced Class express their best wishes to China with a wash painting depicting a bear and a panda going hand in hand. “The bear stands for Russia, and the panda for China. Their hand-holding is just like the friendship of Russia and China.” While explaining emotionally, they wrote down their wishes in the blanks.

André, a senior student, sends his blessing to friends in China with a sincere letter.

“Chinese people have become our friends ever since the day we started learning Chinese,” says Kris, who has been studying Chinese for three years. “China is my second home, and my family will surely be safe and sound,” says Veronica, who once worked in China.

In Russia, Confucius Institute at the Far Eastern National University and the local Chinese Chamber of Commerce have also taken actions immediately, advocating local Chinese to donate for the battle against coronavirus. As the pandemic getting much severer, faculties of Confucius Institutes voiced through local TV stations and social network like “Russia 24 hour”, “Channel 8th”, etc.: “In this blocking on of the pandemic, our government and our people are going to all lengths, and we are confident that we will win the war.”

In Confucius Institute at Ryazan State University, foreign dean Elena Maryanovskaya also expresses support for China with a letter titled “We are one! We believe in and look forward to the upcoming victory!” She says in the letter that Russian people are always side by side with Chinese people, and that they have faith in Chinese people defeating the pandemic and the prospect of Chinese language teaching in Russia.

It is also the same with many other universities and institutes, such as Confucius Institute at National Research Tomsk State University, Confucius Institute at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Confucius Institute at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Confucius Institute at The Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music, Confucius Institute of Reunion Island, Confucius Institute of Montpellier, Heriot-Watt University, etc. Both teachers and students are sending their well-wishes to support China, hoping for a sooner victory.

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