With the upcoming of the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brazil, the Confucius Institute co-established by Nankai University and the Federal University of Ceará was opened in Fortaleza, Brazil on April 10th, 2019. Consul-General of Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Recife Yan Yuqing, Vice President Li Jing, cultural counsellor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Federative Republic of Brazil Shu Jianping, Rector of Federal University of Ceará Henry Campos, etc. attended the establishment ceremony. Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) sent congratulations in letter to the establishment of the institute. More than 200 faculty members and students of Brazil universities and other Confucius Institutes witnessed the historical moment.
Yan Yuqing said that Brazil is an important country on the extension line of the “Maritime Silk Road” of South America. As a landing point of the “Maritime Silk Road” on South American continent, many areas of the State of Ceará enjoy broad prospects. He hoped the institute could play a more active role in promoting China-Brazil friendly relations and the “Belt and Road” Initiative.
On behalf of Nankai University, Li Jing extended congratulations to the establishment of the Confucius Institute as well as sincere gratitude to the support of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Federative Republic of Brazil, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Recife and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). He pointed out that language and culture are keys and foundations to connecting two peoples. The Confucius Institute has established a bridge between the two peoples through language and culture. He believed that the institute would give full play of its platform effect and open up a new route for interschool cooperation.
The Confucius Institute at Federal University of Ceará is the 9th Confucius Institute of Nankai University as well as the 10th Confucius Institute in Brazil.
On April 11th, the Confucius Institute at Federal University of Ceará held its first council. Vice President Li Jing and Rector Henry Campos, etc. attended the conference.
On April 12th, the delegation of Nankai University paid a visit to Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and had a meeting with the special consultant of university’s president in international affairs, and Chinese and Brazilian Deans of the Confucius Institute of the university.
Founded in 1955 by the Federal Government of Brazil, the Federal University of Ceará is directly under the Brazilian Ministry of Education. The Federal University of Ceará is recognized as one of the best federal public institutions of higher education in Brazil. Founded in 1941 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro is one of the best private universities in Brazil. Its Graduate School of Computer Science serves as the most important talent cultivation base in electronic area of Brazil.