10-year anniversary ceremony since the foundation of the "Confucius Institute”

On December 21st, ULIM held the anniversary ceremony of the 10 years since the establishment of the “Confucius Institute”. It was a good opportunity to organize and the General Assembly of the teachers and students of the institute. In the opening part of the event, H.E. Zhang Yinghong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Moldova, delivered a congratulatory message and appreciation of the Institute's work: “The special achievements of the Institute during the ten years of activity are due to the sincere and open cooperation relations between the North-West Pedagogical University of China and the Free International University of Moldova, which were developed through the friendship between the Republic of Moldova and the People's Republic China.

Friendship, which derives from close contact between people, is the key to a solid relationship between states. The friendship between Moldova and China needs the support of a group of young people, who love China and the Chinese culture. I am pleased to see more and more young people who want to learn Chinese, which creates a solid foundation for the success of the ULIM Confucius Institute. ”

Opening speeches were also held by Wang Yifeng, Head of the ULIM Confucius Institute; Tian Shu, Vice-Rector of North-West Pedagogical University of Lanzhou and Vice-Rector of ULIM Valentina Ciumacenco, who illustrated the idea that in the context of educational cooperation, great results were achieved and intercultural activities were launched, creating a dialogue space that promotes the values of Chinese culture. During the event, the best students of the “Confucius Institute” were appreciated with Diplomas, for exceptional results obtained during the academic activity.

The program of the event included a variety of fun and educational activities, being organized six workshops of experimentation of Chinese culture: tea ceremony, calligraphy, presentation of national costumes, paper cutting, traditional dances and taijiquan.

In this context, the members of the Chinese delegation also had a meeting with the ULIM administrative body represented by the Rector, Ilian Galben, during which the Head  of the Confucius Institute ULIM, Wang Yifeng, presented the activity report of the institute, giving information about the didactic, scientific and cultural activities, the results obtained and the  established objectives for the next period.

During the discussions, the Rector of Free International University of Moldova, Ilian Galben,  expressed his gratitude to the Hanban leadership and the management of the partner institution in China for the constant support offered during the ten years of fruitful activity, reiterating ULIM's commitment to further develop these fraternity, cohesion and of academic dialogue.

The “Confucius Institute” from ULIM was established on April 1, 2009, being the result of the partnership relations between Northwest China Pedagogical University and ULIM. The “Confucius Institute” from ULIM is the only institution in the Republic of Moldova of such kind. The Confucius Institute activity program includes: teaching Chinese; qualification and training of Chinese language teachers; providing consultations on education in China, Chinese language and culture; promoting cooperation in the field of education and culture between China and the Republic of Moldova. The interest of the young students to study the Chinese language is constantly rising, since in 2009 when the "Confucius" Institute was inaugurated at ULIM, 22 students had registered, and in 2019 their number reached 1041.

Also, during the constant visits made by the Hanban delegations, the progress made by the Confucius Institute team, as well as the efficient coordination of the 11 teaching points of the Chinese language from the RM, were highly appreciated.

Press Service, ULIM