On 16 July, 2012, Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University
(CIKU) held a grand ceremony to mark its 5th Anniversary in Kumari Hall
of Hotel Annapurna. H.E. Mr. Yang Houlan, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal,
Hon. Mr. Dinanath Sharma, Minister for Education of Nepal, Prof. Dr. Suresh
Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, Prof. Dr. Chen Liang,
Vice-President of Hebei University of Economics & Business, along
with the teachers and students of CIKU joined the ceremony.
Associate Prof. Zhang Shubin, Chinese Director of CIKU and Prof. Dr. Suresh
Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, extended their sincere
thanks and warm welcome to all those who have made great contribution
to the development of CIKU during the past five years.
Minister Sharma and other attendants said in their remarks that Confucius
is a great philosopher of China. His ideology of peace, fair and humanity
is the essence of oriental culture, and is still moving head today. Since
CIKU established five years ago, thousands of students of Nepal and other
South Asian countries have been benefited. Their enthusiasm to learn Chinese
also reflects their goodwill to further develop friendly relations with
China. CIKU not only teaches students Chinese language and culture, but
also help Nepalese and Chinese to communicate with each other. They hoped
that such cooperation will be further expanded.
Vice –president Chen Liang said that CIKU is the first Confucius
Institute that Hebei University of Economics & Business has set up
overseas. Under the leadership of Hanban and the support from both Chinese
and Nepali sides, CIKU has made remarkable achievements over the past
five years. It has formed the model of "One Confucius Institute affiliated
with four Confucius Classrooms and multiple teaching centers ". It
not only has general Chinese language class, but also gives training course
of Chinese for business, tourism and hotel management. The number of students
increases to over 4000 from tens in the beginning. In the coming days,
Hebei University of Economics & Business hopes to strengthen the exchanges
with Katmandu University.
H.E. Ambassador Yang Houlan extended his warm congratulations to CIKU
and sincere gratitude to those who have contributed to the development
of CIKU. He said that CIKU has also set up a bridge of language, culture
and friendship between the peoples of the two countries. He believed that
with the joint effort of the friends in different fields, CIKU will achieve
a greater and more glorious success, will play a more vital role in the
friendly communication, and will make a more solid foundation for the
Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation between China and Nepal.
On the ceremony, the students of CIKU performed fascinating Chinese singing
and dancing programs.