中国驻澳大使到访西澳大学孔子学院 Chinese Ambassador Visits UWACI

On the afternoon of August 24   2017, the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Cheng Jingye, Counsellor Ms Miao Changxia, Chinese Consul General in Perth, Mr Lei Kezhong and their entourage visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia.  They met with Confucius Institute staff, volunteers and students, including the Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, and graciously had photographs taken with everyone. 

On behalf of the Confucius Institute, Associate Director Mr Chu Xianhua, welcomed the ambassador and provided a briefing about CI’s work, including our support to Chinese language teaching in WA, the ‘China in Conversation’ lecture series and varied Chinese cultural activities. Ambassador Cheng then made a speech. He first thanked CI staff for their efforts to promote Chinese language and to foster cultural understanding and exchange. He was pleasantly surprised to learn about the scale of CI and its wide range of services. The Ambassador encouraged teachers and volunteers to make persistent efforts to support CI’s mission.  He also encouraged the local students to progress in their Chinese studies. He remarked that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General in Australia will continue to support the Confucius Institute in making new contributions to exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia in the fields of education and culture.

8月24日下午,中国驻澳大利亚大使成竞业先生、参赞缪长霞女士、中国驻珀斯总领事雷克中先生等一行6人访问了西澳大学孔子学院,亲切会见了孔子学院的中澳方教职员工、志愿者、学生代表,其中包括诺贝尔医学奖得主巴里·马歇尔(Barry Marshall)教授,并与大家合了影。

中方院长褚献华老师代表孔子学院欢迎成大使一行的到访,并向大使简要汇报了西澳孔院的在支持西澳中文教学、开展“中国论谈”高端学术讲座、以及开展丰富多彩的中国文化活动的情况。然后成大使应邀讲了话。他首先感谢孔子学院的中澳方员工为推动中文教学、促进澳中文化了解和交流所开展的卓有成效的工作。他惊喜地了解到西澳孔院的规模之大和服务范围之广。成大使勉励孔子学院的教师和志愿者再接再厉,再创佳绩。他也鼓励当地学员继续学好中文,取得更大进步。成大使还表示,中国驻澳使领馆将继续支持孔子学院工作,为推动中澳两国在教育文化领域的交流与合作作出新贡献。