ABU DHABI, 31st October, 2016 (WAM) — Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and President of Zayed University, received a delegation from the Beijing Foreign Studies University, BFSU, led by its President, Professor Peng Long, last Thursday at the Yas Viceroy Hotel.
The meeting was attended by Professor Reyadh AlMehaideb, Vice President of Zayed University, Dr. Rahman Haleem, Acting Director of the Institute of Community Engagement, Dr. Li Chen Sim, Co-Chair at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Du Wei, Associate Director of the Confucius Institute, and Na Wang, Instructor at the Confucius Institute in Zayed University.
The visit was organised to renew the agreement for the Confucius Institute and expand the future scope of collaboration with BFSU to potentially include undergraduate and graduate studies, students exchange programmes, cultural events, and entrepreneurship projects.
During the meeting, Sheikha Lubna said, “We are pleased with the visit of BFSU to the UAE and we look forward to reinforce the mutual friendship and cooperation between BFSU and Zayed University in order to build a solid bridge of communication and enhance cultural exchanges through the Confucius Institute, which contributes greatly to China-UAE cultural exchange.”
She highlighted the importance of organising trips for UAE top achievers to China in order to get a first-hand experience of China’s cultural attractions and achievements and provide better understanding between the two countries.
Professor Zhang Xiaohui, Director of the Office of Confucius Institutes, Professor KE Jing, Director of the International Office, Professor XUE Qingguo, Director of Zayed Centre for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies, and CHEN Zheng, Programme Officer of the International Office, were part of the visiting delegation.