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