Thursday, 05 August 2021 | 04:06
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The Vice-Presidency for Internationalization and Cooperation of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has held a number of ceremonies to celebrate the change in denomination of the former Confucius Centre, now awarded the denomination of Confucius Institute following a positive evaluation by the Chinese education authorities.


The ceremonies have been attended by the Chinese Ambassador in Spain Zhu Bangzao and the President of the University of Changchun (China), Jimin Zhao, among other distinguished guests.


More than 2,000 students study Chinese language and culture at the ULPGC, which has led to the recognition of the most active Confucius Institute in Europe, followed by the Institute of Toulouse in France, with some 1,500 students. Classes are given in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, thanks to agreements reached with primary and secondary schools.


The festivities included presentations and performances by students with which the Confucius Institute holds agreements to teach Chinese: Colegio Arenas, Colegio Arenas Sur, Colegio Hispano Inglés and Colegio Europeo DAOS in Lanzarote. Moreover, students of the ULPGC’s Faculty of Philology also offered a performance, as did the students of Chinese belonging to the ULPGC’s teaching centre in Fuerteventura.


A representation of the Peking Opera also visited Gran Canaria, with a group of 10 people invited from China. The Peking Opera is considered as one of the maximum expressions of Chinese culture.


Further information

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