On 4th September, 2017, the SS Cyril and Methodius University-Confucius Institute of SWUFE held its four-year ceremony. Nikola Jankulovski, the rector, Biljana Angelova, vice rector, and Velimir Stojkovski, former rector of SS Cyril and Methodius University, chief librarian of Macedonia National Library, Charge d'Affairs from Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Macedonia MAO Qingwen, secretary ZHU Zhibin, delegations from China-Macedonia Friendship Association and Macedonia’s famous enterprises and students from the Confucius Institute attended the activity, a total of more than 100 people attended this event.
On the ceremony, DENG Shizhong, the Chinese dean of the Confucius Institute that has successfully finished his term of office, delivered a speech that reviewed four-year’s struggles, and the new Chinese dean LIAO Wei expressed thanks to Dean DENG’s hard-working contributions and rich achievements for four years. The rector of SS Cyril and Methodius University said, the rapid development and growth of the Confucius Institute had provided good opportunities for Macedonian, especially the teen students, to study Chinese and know Chinese culture. The Charge d'Affairs from Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Macedonia MAO Qingwen also gave high remarks to the work and achievements of the Confucius Institute for four years and expressed that the embassy would always support the development of the Confucius Institute.
In the performance, volunteers in the Confucius Institute of SWUFE sang a song named The Flower of Chinese Blooming in Macedonia, and the singing full of passion and energy won the heated applause from the audience. One of the students in the Confucius Institute named Anita dressed in traditional Han clothes and delivered a speech in Chinese, expressing the fond of Chinese culture and determination of continuing studying Chinese. The Chinese teacher ZhANG Tinghong gave a flute solo that delivered rich Chinese characteristic. The ceremony came to an end in the excellent performance of two Chinese deans.
The SS Cyril and Methodius University-Confucius Institute of SWUFE was established in 2013, and it was the first Confucius Institute of our university as well as the only one in Macedonia. With the effort of Head of Confucius Institute/Office of Chinese Language Council International, SS Cyril and Methodius University and SWUFE, the Confucius Institute’s function of integration and spread between Chinese and foreign culture has gradually become obvious. In the recent four years, the Confucius Institute started from none and it has developed into 5 teaching points, 26 Chinese teaching classes and thousands of students learning and feeling Chinese culture in the Confucius Institute. It has totally held more than 100 cultural activities in all kinds, mobilized tens of thousands of local people to participate in and brought an unprecedented “Chinese” heat to Macedonia. In the future, the SS Cyril and Methodius University-Confucius Institute of SWUFE will constantly develop education level, fully play the role of cultural exchange platform and make greater contribution to enhancing the knowledge of Macedonian people towards Chinese language and culture as well as developing the friendship relation between China and Macedonia. (The SS Cyril and Methodius University-Confucius Institute of SWUFE; Office of International Exchange and Cooperation)