World Model Confucius Institute inaugurated at NUML
Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) will organize two-day Weekly book bazaar here at premises of Academy from Friday. The publishers and book sellers of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi will set up their stalls at weekly book bazaar. The bazaar would be started at 9 am and conclude on 7 pm. ISLAMABAD—World Model Confucius Institute was inaugurated at the National University of Modern languages (NUML), on Thursday.
Deputy Director Hanban China and representative of Confucius Headquarters Mr. Shao Xubo inaugurated the state of the art Confucius Institute.
Rector NUML Major General Zia Ud Din Najam (Retd), Ms. Xia Jianhui, Mr Zheng Menglin, Cultural Counselor Chinese Embassy Mr. Zheng Guojin, Director General NUML Brig Riaz Ahmed Gondal, Deans, Directors, Heads of Department and large number of students attended the ceremony.
First ever Confucius Institute in any Muslim Country was established in Islamabad in 2005 at NUML. Since 2005 Confucius Institute Islamabad had been declared “Confucius Institute of Year” for four times and in December 2015 it had been declared Model Confucius Institute of the Year by the Confucius Headquarters China.
Speaking on the ossassion, Deputy Director Hanban Mr. Shao Xubo said that Confucius Institute Islamabad was playing a vital role in promoting Chinese language and culture to bring the people of both the countries closer.
He said that language was the only key which could build the long lasting relations and after starting of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the importance of language and cultural institute was increased.
“Hanban will assist Confucius Institute Islamabad in every respect and no stone will be left unturned in this regard”, he said.
Rector NUML, Major General Zia Ud Din Najam in his remarks applauded the role of Director General Hanban and Chief Executive Confucius Headquarters Madam Xu Lin in establishment of the Confucius Institute.
He said that without her help and personal interest, Confucius Institute would never achieve such heights. He further said that in recognition of her services for promoting Chinese language, literature and heritage and in appreciation of her services towards strengthening of cordial and friendly relations between the two countries, the Board of Governors of NUML has resolved to confer the degree of Doctorate of Literature upon Madam Xu Lin.
Deputy Director Hanban Mr. Shao Xubo received the degree on the behalf of Madam Xu Lin who was unable to attend the ceremony due to her pre occupied commitments.