President Xi Jinping Witnesses Signing Ceremony of Cooperative Agreement on Establishing Confucius Institute at University of Porto in Portugal

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) [Time]    2018-12-11 12:10:22 

At around 1:00 p.m. on December 5th, local time, President Xi Jinping attended the signing ceremony of a series of cooperation agreements between the two countries with Portuguese Prime Minister Ant¨Žnio Costa on the sidelines of his state visit to Portugal after the 13th G20 Summit. They witnessed the signing of the cooperative agreement on establishing the Confucius Institute at the University of Porto.

Located at southwest of the Iberian Peninsula in Europe, Portugal has a population of 10.29 million and an area of 92,212 square kilometers, and its official language is Portuguese. As the biggest national industrial and commercial center, Porto has played an important role in exchanges and cooperation between China and Portugal in various fields including economy, trade, education and tourism.

Established in 1911, the University of Porto is the largest institution for higher education and research in Portugal. Topped in Portugal in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018, it has 31,000 students, over 2,000 teachers and staff, and 10 faculties with different disciplines such as physics, medicine, engineering, arts, education and psychology. In recent years, with the in-depth development of China-Portugal relations, the demand for Chinese language learning has been increasing. In order to fulfill such demand, the university has submitted an application to Hanban for the co-establishment of a Confucius Institute.

Previously, 4 universities in Portugal, including the University of Lisbon, the University of Aveiro, the University of Minho, and the University of Coimbra, have already set up a Confucius Institute. The establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of Porto is conducive to enhancing Chinese language teaching in the region of Porto and even in Portugal at large, and to promoting the people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two nations and the friendship between the two peoples.

Cai Run, Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, on behalf of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, signed the agreement with Ant¨Žnio Sousa Pereira, Rector of the University of Porto.