October 14, 2020
On October 10th, local time, the 10th-anniversary celebration of the Confucius Institute at Heidelberg University was held in the Old Auditorium (Alte Aula) of Heidelberg University.
Due to the new crown epidemic, the celebration was broadcast live on the web, with members of the Confucius Institute board of directors and several artists participating in the live event.
Prof. Dr. Hc Bernhard Eitel, President of Heidelberg University, Yang Zhenbin, Secretary of the Party Committee of Shanghai Jiaotong University and Director of the School Affairs Committee, Zhao Lingshan.
Vice President and Secretary-General of China International Chinese Language Education Foundation Mr. Liu Lixin, Minister Counselor of the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, respectively sent video speeches, and Dr. Joachim Gerner, Mayor of Family, Social Affairs and Culture of Heidelberg City (Dr. Joachim Gerner, Council Member of the Confucius Institute) Member) and Prof.
Dr. Barbara Mittler, Chairman of the Council of the Confucius Institute at Heidelberg University, attended and delivered speeches. The celebration was hosted by Dr. Petra Thiel, the German Dean of the Confucius Institute at Heidelberg University.
President Peter expressed his gratitude to the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg for its outstanding achievements over the past ten years. He said that when the Confucius Institute was founded ten years ago, he did not expect to develop so well.
President Eitel emphasized the importance of cross-cultural exchanges, and believed that not only should the academic exchanges be strengthened, but also the learning of language and culture to enhance the understanding of China and Asia.
Secretary Yang Zhenbin fully affirmed the important role of the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg in Chinese teaching, Sino-German cultural exchanges, serving the city, and promoting cooperation and exchanges between the two universities.
Saying that the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg is a successful model of friendly cooperation and exchanges between the two universities. He thanked Heidelberg University and Heidelberg City Government and all walks of life for their care, support, and assistance to the Confucius Institute, and wished the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg to make greater contributions to promoting exchanges and cooperation between the two universities and promoting cultural exchanges between the Chinese and German people.
Secretary-General Zhao Lingshan expressed congratulations on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg on behalf of the China International Chinese Language Education Foundation.
He praised the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg for its vigorous development of Chinese language teaching and made great contributions to build a local faculty, promote Chinese language and Chinese culture, cultivate outstanding talents for Sino-German friendship, and facilitate the educational and cultural exchanges between China and Germany.
He said that the establishment of the China International Chinese Language Education Foundation in June this year was initiated and established by 27 institutions including Beijing Language and Culture University, and was a non-governmental charity foundation registered and registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China.
The purpose of the foundation is to promote cultural exchanges and international understanding by supporting Chinese education worldwide, to promote the exchange and mutual learning of diverse civilizations in the world, and to contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.
The most important task is to operate and manage the brand of Confucius Institutes and support the development of Confucius Institutes. The foundation will work with friends from all walks of life in China and Germany to fully support the development and progress of the Confucius Institute at Heidelberg University.
Minister Counselor Liu Lixin fully affirmed that the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg uses Chinese language teaching as the basis and carrier, actively promotes Chinese culture and the story of Sino-German friendship, promotes teaching and scientific research cooperation and academic exchanges between Heidelberg University and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and promotes educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries The positive results achieved. He said that China and Germany are both big countries with important international influence.
The two countries strengthen cooperation in language education, and thus promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, and enhance communication and understanding between the two peoples, which is in line with the aspirations of the two peoples.
In line with the interests of both countries. He hoped that Heidelberg University and Shanghai Jiaotong University would continue to vigorously support the development of Confucius Institutes, build the Confucius Institute into a base for learning Chinese in Heidelberg, a window for understanding China, and a bridge for Sino-German friendship.
The deputy mayor of Genna quoted the famous sentence of the "Analects of Confucius", "It is a great pleasure to have friends from afar" to greet the members of the Shanghai Jiaotong University of the Confucius Institute Council who were unable to be there due to the epidemic. He thanked the Confucius Institute for its successful cross-cultural work over the past ten years.
The Confucius Institute promoted dialogue between Heidelberg and China and celebrated the most important Chinese festival with the people of Heidelberg. The Confucius Institute has also become the "house of culture" for the Chinese community in Heidelberg.
From the music played in the ceremony and the literary works read, the chairman of Mei Jiale talked about the opportunities and challenges brought about by the encounter of different cultures.
As well as the difficulties and obstacles in cross-cultural communication. Believing that it is necessary to continuously learn and understand each other through communication, he explained the importance of maintaining a cross-cultural dialogue with China.
The celebration attracted the attention of many people through the Internet and enhanced the understanding of the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg from all walks of life. The rich and harmonious content of the celebration and the meticulous selection of music and literary works have received unanimous praise.
"Xiongguan Mandao is really like iron, and now we are moving forward from the beginning", the Confucius Institute in Heidelberg summed up the past with a celebration, and at the same time started a new journey.