Fudan establishes Confucius Institute at University of Luxembourg

On the afternoon of April 19th, 2018 (local time), the opening ceremony of the Confucius Institute was held at the Belval Campus of the University of Luxembourg. The institute was jointly established by Fudan University and the University of Luxembourg.

Present at the ceremony were Jiao Yang (Secretary of the CPC University Committee and Chairperson of the University Council), Marc Hansen (Minister of Higher Education and Research Department of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), Huang Changqing (Ambassador of PRC in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) and Stephane Pallage (President of the Luxembourg University). In all, more than 100 people from Luxembourg and China attended the unveiling ceremony.

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Luxembourg, Fudan highly valued the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Luxembourg, which is the 7th Confucius Institute co-established by Fudan. In her speech, Jiao Yang placed great expectations on the newly-established Confucius Institute at the University of Luxembourg, and also made some requests. She pointed out that this Confucius Institute is the first and only Confucius Institute in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. To ensure the quality of education, it is necessary to build a Chinese language teaching system that suits the local community, to explore flexible and diversified educational patterns, and to actively integrate the Confucius Institute into the University of Luxembourg and the local society. The Confucius Institute must strive to set up a cultural exchange platform while promoting the Chinese language and spreading the Chinese culture. The goal of the Confucius Institute is to deepen cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Luxembourg, and to build a bridge of friendship between two countries. The Institute is aimed at providing services for Luxembourg’s local education, culture, and economic development. Moreover, it will provide a great opportunity for the people of Luxembourg, especially the youth, to better understand China.

At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Huang Changqing delivered a speech in French. He expressed full confidence and expectations for the future of China- Luxembourg relations as well as the Confucius Institute at the University of Luxembourg. He stated that Luxembourg is the European country in which China has invested the most, and that China is Luxembourg’s second largest trading partner. The two countries have already achieved great success in economic and financial cooperation. Huang hoped that the newly established Confucius Institute would play an essential role in cultural exchanges and academic cooperation between the two countries, and expressed that the Chinese Embassy in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg would give full support.

The Confucius Institute Headquarters (a.k.a. Hanban), President Stephane Pallage and Minister Marc Hansen also expressed their congratulations and expectations at the opening ceremony.

Before the opening ceremony, Jiao Yang and other Fudan delegates visited the Luxembourg Center for Systematic Biomedicine (LCSB). The center’s precision medicine research, especially the personalized medical research on Parkinson’s disease, was impressive. Jiao Yang warmly invited LCSB researchers to visit Fudan to explore opportunities for cooperation. After the opening ceremony, Jiao Yang and President Pallage fully discussed the possibility of further cooperation between the two universities in various fields.

The first meeting of the Institute Council was also held on the same day. At the meeting, Jiao Yang fully affirmed the in-depth exchanges between the two universities, and on behalf of Fudan, she delivered gratitude to every director who had contributed to the establishment and further development of the Institute. She said that although the history of University of Luxembourg is not long, it is full of vitality. In order to constantly improve and deepen its cooperation with the University of Luxembourg in all aspects, Fudan University, she added, would make full use of its advantages and experiences, and integrate various resources of Fudan to support the establishment and development of the Confucius Institute.

The same day was also the Confucius Institute’s first open day. Jiao Yang attended the event and experienced the Chinese culture with students of the University of Luxembourg and the local community in a diversified range of activities including Shanghai Photo Exhibition, calligraphy, Chinese tea ceremony, the game of go and Chinese folk music.

The establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Luxembourg will promote and deepen the cultural exchanges between China and Luxembourg, and will further the friendship between China and Luxembourg, and between Fudan University and University of Luxembourg. The cooperation between the two universities in education, scientific research, teacher and student exchange will start a new chapter.