The University of Bucharest in Romania Holds the Inauguration Ceremony of the Confucius Institute
(www.chinanews.com, reported on 23 November 2013) According to the report by Europe China News in Romania, the inauguration ceremony of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest was held on the afternoon of 22 November 2013 to celebrate the grand event of co-establishing the Confucius Institute by China University of Political Science and Law and the University of Bucharest.
The ceremony was co-inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta and the Chinese Ambassador to Romania Huo Yuzhen. Celebrative addresses were also given by the following attendees such as the Romanian Chinese House members, the Romanian Minister of Education, officials from the Romanian Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Culture, Chief of the International Department of the Romanian Ministry of Education, Chief Education Inspector of Asian Language Education of the Romanian Ministry of Education, the Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Romania, officials from the Educational Office of the Chinese Embassy in Romania, the President of the University of Bucharest Mircea Dumitru, the President of China University of Political Science and Law Huang Jin, etc.
The Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta mentioned, “Confucius Institutes have provided good opportunities for people all over the world to have deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture. Even my son is now also studying Chinese. As a window for the understanding of Chinese language and culture, the Confucius Institutes will become a bridge for enhancing the friendship between the Chinese people and the Romanian people. I sincerely hope that more Romanians will come to study in the Confucius Institutes to gain more understanding of the Chinese language and culture. ”
President Huang Jin reviewed the history of city formation from the legends of Bucharest and hoped to successfully build a “Happy Confucius Institute” in Bucharest, “the City of Happiness”. The Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest Xue Xiaojian read out the congratulatory letter from Xu Lin, Director-General of Hanban in China.
After addressing the ceremony, all the guests viewed the cultural experiencing equipment sent by Hanban as a gift and visited various teaching venues such as the reception room, the reading room, the multi-media teaching classroom, etc. To welcome the guests from the inauguration ceremony, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest Xue Xiaojian and the Romanian Director Luminita Balan spent their efforts together carefully co-organizing a Chinese cultural exposition to display a variety of items such as Chinese calligraphy, paintings, photography of Chinese natural sceneries, Chinese musical instruments, Chinese seal, china, kites, paper-cutting, shadow puppets, ect. These items made every guest fully experience the wideness and deepness of traditional Chinese culture and received unanimous praise from the guests.
During the celebration for the inauguration of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest, “China-Romania Forum” and “Chinese Film Exhibition” were also held jointly by China University of Political Science and Law and the University of Bucharest
It is said that the University of Bucharest was originated from the Romanian Academy of Saint Sava established in 1694. On 24 January 1859 Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza unified the three principalities of Romania, namely Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania. The Domnitor during that time Prince Cuza ordered to establish the University of Bucharest, which since then has made important contributions to the development of teaching, research and culture in Romania as well as the construction of modernization.
By Gao Jin and Zhu Rongfu
Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest, Person of contact: Ms Xue Xiaojian
Address: Str. Transilvaniei, Nr.6, Sector 1,Bucuresti
Confucius Institute is a non-profit educational organization created to satisfy the demands of people for studying the Chinese language and culture.
On March 9th 2013, the Signing Ceremony between the University of Bucharest and Confucius Institute Headquarters took place at Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. Xu Lin, Director General of Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, Mircea Dumitru, Rector of the University of Bucharest and Huang Jin, President of China University of Political Science and Law attended the Signing Ceremony.
Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest, the result of the partnership between University of Bucharest and China University of Political Science and Law, is a platform for cultural exchange, as well as a bridge for reinforcing friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the domains of culture and education.
The goals of the institute are:
– teaching Chinese language
– training Chinese language instructors
– organizing language and cultural exchange activities
– academic research
– coordinating and organizing the translation of literary and legal works from Romania and China
– international conference/workshop/forum