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XTU and University of Leon Jointly Established Confucius Institute at the University of Leon



Zapatero (middle), Du Zhanyuan (left), Ma Jianfei (middle back), Xiao Guo’an (right) attended the Inauguration Ceremony of Confucius Institute at the University of Leon.

Zapatero (middle), Du Zhanyuan (left), Ma Jianfei (middle back), Xiao Guo’an (right) attended the Inauguration Ceremony of Confucius Institute at the University of Leon.


Zapatero and Du Zhanyuan inaugurated the Confucius Institute.


Xiao Guo’an delivered a speech at the inauguration ceremony.


Du Zhanyuan, Gutierrez (2nd R), Hermida (2nd L) and Xiao Guo’an took a group photo at the city hall of Leon.


Du Zhanyuan, Ma Jianfei, Xiao Guo’an and diplomat of the Chinese Embassy in Spain visited the Cultural Exhibition of the Year of Chinese in Spain.


Liu Changgeng (2nd L), Juan Lanero, Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Leon (1st R) signed a cooperation memorandum to jointly set up “Confucius Class” .


Performance by art troupe of Xiangtan University.


“University of Leon once proposed building a bridge to connect China and Leon, which was fulfilled right today. Confucius Institute craved out a path in an unexpected manner”, said by Zapatero, premier minister of Spain at the Closing Ceremony of “the Year of Chinese in Spain” & Inauguration Ceremony of Confucius Institute at the University of Leon on October 10. The Confucius Institute is the first one set up by Hunan-based University in Western Europe.

On the morning of October 10, Zapatero, Du Zhanyuan, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China, Ma Jianfei, Deputy Director of Hanban, Zhao Hongsheng, Chargedaffaires of the Chinese Embassy in Spain, Gutierrez, Mayor of Leon, Hermida, President of University of Leon, Xiao Guo’an, Party Chief of Xiangtan University and Liu Changgeng, Vice-President of Xiangtan University participated in the inauguration ceremony. More than 1,000 teachers and students of University of Leon as well as Chinese language lovers in Spain witnessed the solemn and holy moment.


In his speech, Zapatero pointed out that it was the fifth Confucius Institute in Spain. Every Confucius Institute opened a door to the splendid culture of ancient and modern China. No doubt, the establishment of Confucius Institute at the University of Leon will create a bridge for Spanish culture, students and companies to enter China, the most populous country in the world. In return, we will get a better understanding of the wonderful China, ancient and modern. As a carrier of culture, the institute will further promote the economic exchange and tourism development of both countries.


Du Zhanyuan stated that language, as cultural carrier and communication tool, acted as a bridge of different cultures and an important foundation of bilateral friendship of China and Spain. The establishment of Confucius Institute at the University of Leon would not only facilitate Spanish young’s understanding of Chinese culture, but also enhance mutual understanding of the two peoples and their cultural exchange. We believe that the Confucius Institute is bound to add a humanistic touch to the picturesque landscape in Leon.


Xiao Guo’an recalled the friendship between Xiangtan University and University of Leon. He thought Leon and Xiangtan both enjoyed a pivotal historical status in their country respectively and profound cultural heritage. In spite of long distance, due to the close humanistic connection, it is natural to jointly establish Confucius Institute by the two universities. Mr. Xiao remarked that Confucius Institute at the University of Leon will serve as a window to learn Chinese as well as understand China and Chinese culture, and also become a bridge to exchanging ideas, enhancing friendship and strengthening cooperation.


During the Inauguration, the delegation from our university carried out many activities with University of Leon such as academic forum, cooperation negotiation, calligraphy and painting exhibition and cultural investigation. Xiao Guo’an made a keynote report in Forum on Chinese and Western Economy and Prof. Hu Qiang from School of Foreign Languages in Forum on Chinese and Western Languages and Cultures jointly hosted by the two universities. After the forum, the two sides conducted in-depth exchange and discussion of all-round cooperation in production, education and research.


The art troupe of our university not only staged a wonderful performance, but also arranged an exhibition of Chinese traditional calligraphy and painting. The exhibition showcased the works of teachers and students of XTU as well as a group of paintings by national famous painters collected by Li Qing, vice president of Art School of Xiangtan University.


In recent years, our university has played an active role in inter-institutional exchange and joint education with well-known international universities, and carried out courageous and fruitful reform in terms of student cultivation, education and teaching and student management. In 2009, Xiangtan University was listed among “Chinese Institutions Admitting International Students under Chinese Government Scholarship Programs” by the Ministry of Education, reaching a new level in the work related to international students. In 2010, the University was selected among “China-Africa Universities 20+20 Cooperation Plan”, which ushered in all-round exchange and cooperation with Makerere University, Uganda, marching toward a national strategic platform.


 (Newspaper of Xiangtan University   Reporter: Jiang Haiwen  
Correspondent: Xia Zhuoqiong    Photographer: Hu Qiang)