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Ceremony for the founding of the Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Apr 10, 2007

The Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was opened on April 1st, with a ceremony held at APU Faculty Offices II to celebrate this event. The tape was cut by APU President Monte CASSIM, Head of the Confucius Institute, Mr. NISHIKAWA Koji, Director of the Confucius Institute; and guests including Mr. WU Yapeng, Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka; and Mr. WANG Yuzhi, Vice Chancellor of Zhejiang University.

In a short address, APU President Cassim said, "It will give me great pleasure if Chinese culture is spread around campus and the depth, merriment and delightfulness of China is fostered in young people both inside and outside of Japan. Forging a cooperative relationship and fostering an understanding of China's diversity is important for Japan and the rest of the world. With the cooperation of Zhejiang University and the Chinese student population at APU, I promise to make this Confucius Institute at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University a centre of excellence.

In this speech, Mr. WU Yapeng stated "The Confucius Institute which is named after the world famous Chinese philosopher has in a very short period of time been established in all corners of the globe. At APU, where eastern and western cultures exist in harmony, the institute will play an important role in the promotion of exchange between cultures, in particular those of Japan and China".

The Confucius Institute is part of a Chinese Government initiative to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, to deepen friendship and to facilitate world peace and development. As of February, 2007, there were 133 Confucius Institutes located in 52 different countries and regions around the world.

The Confucius Institute built by the Ritsumeikan Trust at Ritsumeikan University was the first to be established in Japan. The Confucius Institute at APU is a first for Kyushu and makes a total of five across the country.

The Confucius Institute at APU is currently planning a wide range of events, including public Chinese language classes and cultural lectures, training for Chinese language teachers, holding of Chinese language proficiency tests, support for student-exchanges to China, as well as public access to the library.


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