The Confucius Institute at Ulster University met with the Executive Office of Northern Ireland and Hubei Normal University online

Source: College of Foreign Studies      Release time: 2020-06-18


On June 8 local time, the Confucius Institute at Ulster University (CIUU) in the UK met with the Executive Office of Northern Ireland and Hubei Normal University (HBNU) online. The meeting was chaired by Tim Losty, the minister-counselor of the Northern Ireland Bureau in China. Gordan Lyons and Declan Kearney, Junior Ministers of the Executive Office of Northern Ireland, Feng Guoxin and Nanchao, Dean and Deputy Dean of the College of Foreign Studies at HBNU, Liu Yan and Wang Haiyan, Director and Co-Director of CIUU attended the meeting.

At the meeting, Gordon Lyons thanked HBNU and the CIUU for their generous donations of medical and personal protection supplies during the epidemic. He said that these supplies had been distributed to the hospitals, care centers and communities in Northern Ireland.

Declan Kearney said: The Covid-19 epidemic is sweeping the world. At a time when medical supplies are in short supply in Northern Ireland, the timely donation from HBNU allows us to save more lives.

Feng Guoxin thanked the Northern Ireland government for its care and sympathies to HBNU during the epidemic, as well as the active role of the Northern Ireland Bureau in promoting the cooperation between China and Northern Ireland in all aspects. He also praised CIUU teachers and volunteers for their continuous working and promoting Chinese culture during the epidemic.

Nan Chao expressed the hope that the medical and protection supplies donated by HBNU could help Northern Ireland prevent and control the epidemic, and looked forward to further academic exchanges with the Ulster University after the epidemic and the cooperation with the North Ireland Bureau in China to promote the research of the HBNU Center for British Studies.

Xiang Junping, Deputy Director of the International Exchange Department of HBNU, said: When the epidemic broke out in Wuhan, the Chinese song Let the World Be Filled with Love sang by pupils in the Confucius Classroom at Millburn Primary School was really touching. Currently, the epidemic is spreading in Northern Ireland. HBNU has donated more than 30,000 medical masks, medical gloves and other supplies. In the future, HBNU will continue to further develop its cooperation with the Ulster University through CIUU and deepen the relationship between Northern Ireland and China.

Liu Yan thanked the Executive Office of Northern Ireland for its long-term support and assistance to CIUU. She said that during the epidemic, the CIUU teachers and students received the care and love from many local schools and friends in Northern Ireland. The local people were kind and friendly and regarded the CIUU teachers as family members, which was deeply moving.

The meeting strengthened the exchanges between CIUU, the Northern Ireland government and HBNU.


Article: Xu Tingting, Wang Ping, Wang Ke; Photo: Wang Ke