Across the Mountains and Seas and Hand in Hand, Chinese Universities Support Overseas Cooperative Partners in Combating Covid-19

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2020-04-15 17:15:47 
 

With the spread of the Covid-19 around the world, deepening international cooperation to fight the pandemic is gradually becoming the consensus of all countries in the world. In order to help the overseas cooperative institutions of the Confucius Institute around the world to fight the pandemic, major colleges and universities in China have offered a helping hand, communicated closely with their overseas cooperative institutions, shared epidemic prevention experience, and offered medical supplies to help them fight against the pandemic.

America: Fear Not the Want of Armor, for Mine Is Also Yours to Wear

On March 28, local time, Yang Dan, President of Beijing Foreign Studies University, sent a letter to the president of Maryknoll School in Hawaii, expressing his concern and support to all the staff of Maryknoll School and the American friends fighting against the pandemic. He expressed his willingness to provide active help and support to Maryknoll School within his capabilities and mailed N95 masks to the school.

Perry Martin, President of Maryknoll School, wrote a letter of response immediately after receiving the letter and donations from China, and recorded a video to express his gratitude. He also reiterated that Maryknoll School will continue to attach importance to Chinese language teaching and will focus on enabling primary and secondary school students to learn more about Chinese culture.


A thank you video from Perry Martin, President of Maryknoll School

The faculty of Maryknoll School also expressed their gratitude, “We really appreciate Beijing Foreign Studies University for its accompanying, supporting and blessing for Maryknoll School. The friendship will inspire us to face difficulties fearlessly. We believe that with our joint efforts, we will definitely defeat the pandemic and prevail over the difficulties. "

As a Chinese cooperative institution of the Confucius Institute at the State of Washington and the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah, Sichuan University has closely followed the development of the pandemic in the United States, sent a letter of consolation to the teachers and students of the Institutes and donated 1,000 medical masks to the two Institutes.

Paul Manfredi, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the State of Washington, wrote a letter of response to express his heartfelt thanks to Sichuan University for its concern and support, and pointed out in the letter that the pandemic reminded people once again of how important cross-regional cultural and linguistic ties are. The projects of the Confucius Institute fully demonstrate that mutual understanding helps to make people become stronger in the long run.

On March 26, the Confucius Institute in Atlanta received a batch of epidemic prevention materials from Nanjing University. The director and teachers from the Confucius Institute in Atlanta expressed their heartfelt thanks to Nanjing University for its help and support at a time of crisis.

On March 30, Zhang Qin, Vice President of Guizhou University, and some college leaders from different departments had a video chat with the teachers and volunteers from the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College of the United States. They expressed their gratitude to them for keeping doing their jobs and overcoming difficulties to carry out online teaching.

The Chinese and foreign directors and teachers of the Confucius Institute expressed their gratitude to the leaders, teachers and students of Guizhou University for their concern and support for the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College. At present, the epidemic prevention materials donated by Guizhou University to the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College have been mailed, hoping to help teachers and students of the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College overcome the difficulties together.

In the Bahamas, the COVID-19 is also worsening. On March 18, Li Beiqun, President of Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, a Chinese cooperative institution of the Confucius Institute at the University of the Bahamas, sent a letter of consolation to Dr. Rodney D. Smith, President of the University of the Bahamas. In the letter, he stood up for all the teachers and students of the University of the Bahamas, believing that through coordinated efforts by all countries in the world, the severe challenges brought by the pandemic would be overcome, and the long-term cooperation between Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology and the University of the Bahamas would certainly make new achievements.

In Mexico, the Confucius Institute at the Autonomous University of Yucatán also received epidemic prevention materials donated by Chinese cooperative institutions such as Sun Yat-sen University from March 23 to 31.

After Mexico declared a national public health emergency due to the COVID-19, Sun Yat-sen University, in collaboration with the Shenzhen Alumni Association of Sun Yat-sen University and Zijing International Education, raised epidemic prevention materials and arranged for delivery. The alumni raised materials in many ways and overcame the time difference to contact the Chinese director of the Confucius Institute and finally, the supplies were sent to Mexico in batches.

Europe: Pines Can Stand the Test of Cold, and Adversity Reveals True Friendship.

In March, the COVID-19 broke out in Europe, and the situations of epidemic prevention and control in various countries became increasingly severe. After learning about the situation in Belarus, Anhui University quickly sent medical masks, infrared thermometers and thermometers to Brest State A.S. Pushkin University in Belarus. At the same time, in coordination with the Chinese Embassy in Belarus, the Confucius Institute Headquarters helped the Confucius Institute with the overseas anti-epidemic work, and distributed "health kits" to the teachers and students of the Confucius Institute.

Anna Nikolaevna Sender, Rector of Brest State A.S. Pushkin University, expressed her gratitude to the Cultural and Educational Section of the Chinese Embassy in Belarus and Anhui University for their help. She said, “The help from Anhui University and the Chinese Embassy in Belarus is a timely assistance! With the joint effort of the peoples of the world, we are sure to defeat the pandemic. “

In Hungary, both Chinese and foreign staff of the Confucius Institute at the University of Roland received 2,000 masks donated by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Beijing Foreign Studies University through various channels. Meanwhile, Yang Dan, President of Beijing Foreign Studies University exchanged letters of consolation with László Borhy, Rector of Eötvös Loránd University, Imre Hamar, Deputy-Rectorof Eötvös Loránd University and Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, and Professor Ferenc Hudecz, Honorary Council Member of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and former Rector of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE).


Letter of response from László Borhy, Rector of Eötvös Loránd University

In the letter of response, László Borhy expressed his gratitude to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Beijing Foreign Studies University for their generous help. Professor Ferenc Hudecz wrote in his letter that the solidarity and mutual help between Beijing Foreign Studies University and Eötvös Loránd University not only symbolize the fruitful and friendly cooperation between university leaders, but also symbolize fruitful and friendly cooperation between our scholars and students.

In addition, 500 masks from Beijing University of Chemical Technology arrived in Hungary after a 12-day long journey and were sent to all the Confucius Institute at the University of Miskolc.

After receiving the masks, Ke Danqing, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Miskolc, said lovingly, “Beijing University of Chemical Technology is so considerate! Our teacher will do his best to continue the teaching. I am proud to have such an excellent team! “

In Netherlands, on March 17, Lv Wei, President of Dongbei University of Finance and Economics sent a letter of consolation to Luc Verburgh, President of Hogeschool Zuyd. Lv Wei wrote in the Letter that he paid great attention to the current situation of teachers and students of Hogeschool Zuyd, and encouraged everyone to help each other and overcome the difficulties.

On March 21, the first batch of medical masks sent by Dongbei University of Finance and Economics was delivered to Hogeschool Zuyd. On March 30, the second batch of medical masks was sent out again. Facing with the pandemic, the relationship between Chinese universities and foreign universities have become more closely connected, they are encouraging each other, helping each other, and meeting the challenges hand in hand.

In Ireland, University College Cork (UCC) Confucius Institute also received greetings from the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Shanghai University.

As the Chinese cooperative institution of University College Cork (UCC) Confucius Institute, Shanghai University donated a batch of medical masks to teachers and students of UCC Confucius Institute, expressing that all colleagues in the university will be the strong backup of UCC Confucius Institute and will spare no effort to provide help and support to its overseas partner cooperative institution!

Pines can stand the test of cold, and adversity reveals true friendship. As the Chinese Cooperative Institution of the Confucius Institute at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Nanchang University has always been concerned about the health and safety of teachers of the Confucius Institute at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Recently, Zhou Chuangbing, President of Nanchang University sent a letter of consolation to Miguel Ángel Collado Yurita, President of University of Castilla-La Mancha.

When learning that more than 500 teachers and students from the Medical School of University of Castilla-La Mancha joined the rescue, Zhou Chuangbing spoke highly of the school's response to the pandemic with the local society and the country. He said Nanchang University will donate 10,000 medical masks and 5,000 pairs of gloves to provide assistance within its capabilities. It is hoped and firmly believed that Spain will win the anti-epidemic war soon.

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