China’s Vice Education Minister Visits SUIBE-cosponsored Confucius Institute Ljubljana

On the morning of 22 August, a six-member delegation headed by Mr. Liu Liming, China’s Vice Minister of Education, visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Ljubljana (CI Ljubljana), which is jointly run by SUIBE and the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Mr. Liu was, during his trip, accompanied by Mr. Wu Chunlai, chief of the Political Section at the Chinese Embassy in Slovenia, and leaders from the Higher Education Directorate as well as the International Relations and European Affairs Office of Slovenia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Mr. Liu was welcomed and received by Professor Metka Tekavčič, Dean of the Economics Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Ms. Danijela Voljč, Slovenian Director of CI Ljubljana, and Mr. Xie Duquan, Chinese Director of CI Ljubljana.

At the welcoming ceremony, Professor Tekavčič and Ms. Voljč gave welcoming remarks respectively, and Mr. Xie gave a brief account of the work done by CI Ljubljana. The Chinese delegation also watched a promotional video of CI Ljubljana.

In his speech, Mr. Liu spoke highly of the business-oriented CI Ljubljana, saying that it was the best example of the cooperation between SUIBE and the University of Ljubljana. He congratulated CI Ljubljana on its remarkable achievements, expressing his delight in seeing that the Chinese-language classes had entered into various kinds and levels of schools and Chinese learning had been incorporated into the national education system in Slovenia. Against the backdrop of increasingly closer ties between the two countries in economic, social, cultural and educational cooperation, Mr. Liu reaffirmed the commitment of the Chinese Ministry of Education to support educational exchanges between China and Slovenia and to promote the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in Slovenia. He concluded his speech with well wishes, saying that China would send more Chinese students to study and more Chinese teachers to teach Chinese in Slovenia.

At the end of welcoming ceremony, the two sides exchanged gifts and posed for a group photograph.

Mr. Liu and his party, accompanied by the co-directors of CI Ljubljana, also visited a photo exhibition showcasing the recent major events hosted by CI Ljubljana over the past year, and inspected the classrooms and offices of CI Ljubljana. The co-directors of CI Ljubljana answered questions posed by the Chinese delegates.

The Chinese delegation led by Mr. Liu was favorably impressed by the visit, lauding the care, the characteristics and the accomplishments of CI Ljubljana.