His Excellency Yi Xianliang
Ambassador People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka
It is my great pleasure to issue this message on the occasion of the Opening of the Confucius Institute in the University of Colombo.Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. Its mission is to provide Chinese language and cultural teaching resources as well as services worldwide. It goes all out in meeting the demands of foreign Chinese learners and contributing to the development of multi-culturalism and the building of a harmonious world. From 2004, Hanban started to collaborate with foreign universities to establish Confucius Institute and Confucius Classroom abroad. By the end of 2015, the total number of Confucius Institute reaches 500 and Confucius Classroom 1000, covering 134 countries with1,900,000registered members.
Currently, there are already one Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya and one China Radio International Confucius Classroom in Sri Lanka, both of which have done a great deal in providing chances for the local people who are interested in learning Chinese language and experiencing Chinese culture. Next year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Diplomatic Relations between our two countries and the 65th Anniversary of the Signing of the Rice & Rubber Pact. Against this background, the inauguration of the Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo is of great significance. I firmly believe that the Opening of the Confucius Institute of the University of Colombo will no doubt further promote the communication and understanding between our two peoples. I wish the Institute goes smoothly and great success!
Senior Prof. Chandrika Wijeyaratne
Vice-Chancellor University of Colombo
Warm greetings to the Chinese and Sri Lankan directors, Prof. Huang Wei and Dr Wimal Hewamanage, of the Confucius Institute University of Colombo (CIUC) and their vibrant staff. My respectful gratitude is extended to the outgoing Sri Lankan Director Ven Dhammajothi who worked very hard over the previous year to sustain the good work carried out by this unique institute.
Staff and students, particularly from our Faculty of Arts, have been very fortunate to benefit from the consistent efforts of CIUC in learning the Chinese Language and in encouraging cultural promotion and exchange. I am quite certain, that despite the drawbacks of the current COVID19 pandemic which has compelled us to learn and work from our own homes, the CIUC will be able to effectively transition its activities and lessons of instruction into a virtual mode that will enable the activities to continue uninterrupted.
I am very certain that the mutual exchanges between the UoC with our longstanding partners, the Beijing Foreign Studies University and Hong He University, will grow from strength to strength.
My very best wishes for a successful and healthy years of work.
Prof. Ma Jianfei
Deputy Director Confucius Headquarters (Han Ban)
On the occasion of the establishment of Confucius Institute in the University of Colombo Sri Lanka, I would like to extend the warmest congratulations on behalf of the Office of Chinese Language Council International and Confucius Institute Headquarters! At the same time, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to people from all walks of life for their contributions to the establishment of the Confucius Institute!
For a long time, Sri Lanka has established a strategic partnership with China featured by sincere mutual assistance and generation to generation friendship. In recent years, as “the Belt and Road” strategic concept has been put forward, Sri Lanka and China cooperate with each other to build “21st-Century Maritime Silk Road”, further reinforcing communication and cooperation between the two countries in all domains including politics, economics, education, culture and folk events. Next year will be the sixtieth anniversary for Sri Lanka and China to establish diplomatic relations. The establishment of Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo is not only the optimum present for this significant historical moment, but also the testimony of history for the continuous deepening development of the relations between the two countries.
The University of Colombo is the most ancient university in Sri Lanka. Beijing Foreign Studies University is the state key construction university. Honghe University is an important border university serving China’s construction strategy of “Gateway University”. I hope under the joint effort and cooperative construction of the three universities, Confucius Institute in University of Colombo will actively carry out Chinese teaching, cultural exchange, faculty training and scientific research cooperation based on the university and local communities, strive to demonstrate level and characteristic, further satisfy the requirement of Sri Lanka People for studying Chinese and learning about Chinese culture, and become the new bridge of Sri Lanka and Chinese people, new window of cultural transmission, new platform of cultural and educational exchanges, making positive contributions to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between people of the two countries.
Finally, I sincerely wish the career of Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo will flourish and achieve numerous results!
Prof. Gan Xuechun
President Honghe University
Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo of Sri Lanka is officially established today. On behalf of Honghe University, one of the undertaker universities in China, and in my own name, I would like to extend my sincere and warm congratulations on the official establishment of the Confucius Institute.
Cultural exchange between China and Sri Lanka has a long standing and well-established history. In the early 5th century, a Chinese Buddhist of Jin dynasty named Faxian travelled across the ocean to seek Buddha dharma. He stayed in Sri Lanka for two years and made a great contribution to the cultural exchange between China and Sri Lanka. Even today, under the historical background of globalization, Confucius Institute has played a significant role of bridge in quickening the paces of cultural exchange between the two countries day by day. As a new-style university rising from southwestern China, Honghe University adheres to the school motto of “broadness and profoundness, braveness and perseverance”. Under the guide of internationalized school-running policies, the university is determined to try its utmost to devote to the magnificent cause of Sino-foreign cultural exchanges. This time, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Honghe University and the University of Colombo cooperate with each other to establish this Confucius Institute. It is of milestone significance and will certainly play the fortissimo of cultural exchange between China and Sri Lanka. “Penglai fairyland is not far, you diligent bird messenger, so please explore the fairyland for me”. Though it is covered with mist and waves far away in the past, it is now right before our eyes. Taking advantage of the cooperation among Beijing Foreign Studies University, Honghe University and the University of Colombo in co-establishing the Confucius Institute, the development of the three universities will certainly have a bright future. The friendship between China and Sri Lanka will be pushed to a new level.
Congratulations to the establishment of Confucius University in University of Colombo once again!
Congratulations on the new voyage of cultural exchange between China and Sri Lanka!
Prof. Peng Long
President Beijing Foreign Studies University
I am delighted to learn that your university is going to hold the Confucius Institute opening ceremony in December 2016. On behalf of Beijing Foreign Studies University, I hereby extend my warm congratulations and sincere wishes!
Sri Lanka and China enjoy a long history of connection and friendship. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1957, we have witnessed continuous high-level exchanges and the deepening of bilateral relations in such fields as economy, trade, culture and education. In 2007, the first Confucius Institute in Sri Lanka was established at the University of Kelaniya. In 2014, the University of Colombo and the Chinese Hanban signed an agreement on cooperation in the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo.
In recent years, Confucius Institutes have undergone rapid development, becoming an important institution for people around the world to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture. Confucius Institutes have been popular worldwide and made contributions to promoting the understanding of the Chinese language and culture and facilitating the development of multiculturalism across the globe.
BFSU boasts the longest history among universities of its kind in China, offering a complete range of degrees, diplomas and programs at various levels, with the largest number of foreign language programs in the country. At present, BFSU has 72 foreign language programs. Among them, Sinhala program has, since its establishment in 1961, trained a large number of outstanding talents. Committed to “introducing China to the world “, our university has organized the establishment of 22 Confucius Institutes overseas.
The Confucius Institute at Colombo University will be jointly established by the University of Colombo, BFSU and Honghe University. It will carry out Chinese language teaching, teacher training and Chinese examinations provide information on Chinese education, culture and economy and conduct studies on contemporary China. As one of the organizers, BFSU will spare no effort to participate and support the development of Confucius Institute at Colombo University.
Finally, I sincerely wish the Confucius Institute opening ceremony at the Colombo University a great success! And I wish you every success in your future work!
Prof. Premakumara de Silva
Dean Faculty of Arts
As the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, it is a great privilege for me to write a message to the web of the Confucius Institute of the University of Colombo, and I would like to welcome those who are associated with the Confucius Institute which is located in our Faculty. We at the Faculty are quite happy to support its administrative and academic functions under the University governance system of Sri Lanka.
Since its full function in 2017 CI-UoC has been successfully conducting Chinese language and cultural programs, students and staff exchange programs, research and collaborative programes etc. with our partner Universities Honghe and Bejing Foreign Studies. I am indeed happy to see that CI is flourishing by bringing benefits to both Sri Lanka and China in a numerous ways, not only in bringing the two countries still closer but also in strengthening and expanding the possibility of other areas of cooperation between the two countries.
I wish the Confucius Institute all success!
Prof. Premakumara de Silva,
Dean/Arts, Senior Professor of Sociology (Chair)
Dr. Wimal Hewamanage
Director (Sri Lanka)
It is a great pleasure to provide my service as the Director of Confucius Institute, University of Colombo with Prof. Huang Wei, the Chinese Director of CIUC. At the outset, I highly appreciate great support of Senior Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Vice-chancellor, University of Colombo and Senior Professor Premakumara de Silva, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.
Since December 2016, as a young Institute of UoC, CIUC is contributing to progress knowledge, attitudes and skills of University undergraduate students focusing on the Faculty of Arts. External Chinese language courses offered by the CIUC have also been attractive. Students’ scholarship pregame, summer/winter camps, cultural exchange activities etc. are improving China – Sri Lanka friendship which goes back to the 3rd Century BCE during the time of Han dynasty.
Further, we will concentrate to launch on academic exchange and collaborative research activities, Chinese language study stream, annual research journal for Chinese Studies etc. in the coming years. To conclude, I convey my thanks and gratitude to all leaders and their followers of University of Colombo, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Honghe University and Confucius Headquarters for delivered contribution to stand Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo.
Prof. Vivian Huang Wei
Chinese Director (2018.12.12-2020.12.11)
As Senior Professor Lakshman Dissanayake, the former Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo (UOC) said, Confucius Institute at the University of Colombo (CIUOC) should play an Umbrella role in the Chinese language teaching and mutual culture exchanging in the whole country of Sri Lanka. It has been performing on this way since its inauguration on 31, December 2016.
CIUOC, along with its 6 affiliated teaching spots set up in the University of Peradeniya, the University of Ruhuna, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Vidyarathna Maha Pirivena in Horana, Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce and China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka, has done a great deal in providing chances for the local people who are interested in learning Chinese language and experiencing Chinese culture.
CIUOC is also trying its best with the help of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka to provide service to the local community, Navy officers, Customs officers, Immigration officers, hotel staff, tourist policemen, etc., through vocational Chinese language training.
UOC is the most ancient university in Sri Lanka. Beijing Foreign Studies University, one of the two Chinese partners, is a state key construction university. Honghe University, the other partner, is an important “Gateway University” university on the frontier of China. I hope under the joint effort and cooperative construction of the three universities, CIUOC will actively carry out Chinese teaching, cultural exchange, faculty training, and scientific research cooperation based on the university and local communities, and strive to demonstrate level and characteristic.
As the second Chinese director of the CIUOC, I will try my utmost to expand on development of the institute on the basis of my predecessor’s endeavors and efforts, contributing to the benefit of local community and friendship between China and Sri Lanka.