Confucius Institute Founded at University of Zimbabwe
Updated: 2006-08-31 10:44

A Chinese language institute, the first of its kind in Zimbabwe and the 85th around the world, was officially established at the University of Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

The Confucius Institute, was jointly built by the Office of Chinese Language Council International and the University of Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe Confucius Institute is a case that indicates the increasing cultural and educational exchange activities between China and Zimbabwe, said Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Zhang Xianyi at the ceremony on signing a memorandum on this matter.

Zhang said he was fully convinced that with the support of the two governments the institute will serve as an ideal platform for the people of Zimbabwe to learn the Chinese language and know about the Chinese culture.

"It is bound to make greater contributions to enhance the bilateral cultural and educational exchange between the two countries and two peoples," he said.

The ambassador said Confucius is a great thinker and educator in ancient China, and the essence of Confucianism, which he founded around 2,500 year ago is harmony and peace.


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