The Confucius Institute of the Universitat de València (ICUV) has celebrated its 11th anniversary of diffusion of Chinese language, culture and society at the Valencian Community. The celebration acts took place this Wednesday, 28th November, at the Faculty of Philology, Communication and Translation. Mavi Mestre, rector of the Universitat, as well as vice-rector of the Northeast Normal University (NENU), Wang Yan, attended the occasion.
The reception at the faculty’s hall was done through an exhibition of Adam Liu’s enormous calligraphy. He is a usual collaborator of the ICUV and he offered his traces using the “four treasure of Chinese study”: brush, ink, paper and ink stone. Before that, the two artistic exhibits were inaugurated: the calligraphy and the photography ones. The calligraphy exhibition is the result of the students of a specific course of ICUV on this millenary art; the photographs, on the other hand, have been submitted by the Chinese Student Association in Valencia.
In addition, the attending public was able to contemplate several children musical performances with traditional instruments, such as guzhendg, a sort of zither or harp. There was also an enactment of wushu, the representative martial arts in China.
The academical authorities highlighted the excellent relationship between both universities, the Universitat de València and the NENU - the latter located in Changchun, capital of the north-east Chinese province Jilin. Mavi Mestre pointed out that, on the brink of the University's 520th anniversary, "it will take a chance on internationalisation with more than 1,000 agreements. On its behalf, China has taken a chance on being part of the Network of Universities in the Silk Road and the fruitful work with the Confucius Institute." The principal closed her talk by greeting Vicent Andreu's work, ICUV director, and reminded that a collaboration agreement with Hanban (Confucius Institutes' head office) has been currently renewed. On his behalf, Wang Yan, NENU's vice-principal, stated that the ICUV is a reference in China and is the world-wide leader among all other centres of this kind.
Before closing the events, a symbolic eye opening of two dragons and two lions was performed. These are patronage animals which are brought to life to wish luck within a project. Santi Valls, international expert in Hong Teek Spain team, officiated the ceremony, in which the academic authorities took part and which served as closing ceremony.
The ICUV is the only official centre of Chinese and Chinese culture spread in the Valencian Country. Its activities began in 2007 and more than 5,000 students have sat in its classrooms. Since 2010, the bilingual Spanish and Chinese cultural journal Confucius Institute published every two months in all Spanish-speaking countries. The Valencian Government awarded the Institute on 9 October 2017 with the Cultural Merit Distinction and it is considered as a role-model Confucius Institute. Since 2004, 530 Confucius Institutes and 1113 Confucius Classrooms in 149 countries and regions in the world.