The red ribbon during the ceremony was cut by the rector of the State University Sergei Khakhomov and the pro-rector of the Shanghai Institute of Industry, Commerce and Foreign Languages Duan Renqi.
During the opening ceremony Sergey Khakhomov noted that there is a need in Belarus for qualified specialists speaking Chinese:
- Chinese language is gaining worldwide popularity, it is quite logical that in our country there is a growing tendency to study it both on school and university levels. Nowadaysoint socio-economic projects are actively developed in the country, and qualified personnel is in demand at the Belarusian-Chinese enterprises. Knowledge of the Chinese language will expand the capabilities of specialists in building their professional career in Belarus, China and other countries.
In turn, Vice-Rector of the Shanghai Professional Institute of Industry, Commerce and Foreign Languages Duan Renqi emphasized that cooperation of universities is beneficial to both parties.
Everyone can study Chinese language at the Center. The program of the courses, designed for 2 semesters, is developed by the teachers of Gomel State University in cooperation with colleagues from the Shanghai Institute. The training will also be conducted by specialists from the two countries.
Classes in the Center will be held in small groups (up to 10 people), differentiated by the level of knowledge of the Chinese language. The educational process will be implemented with the involvement of modern scientific and technical means and advanced techniques and the activities will provide deeper understanding of the traditions and realities of China. Students will get acquainted with the peculiarities of mentality, art, calligraphy and cuisine in China, get an idea about the education system, the development of science, technology and innovation, etc. Scientific-practical conferences, seminars, exhibitions, scientific symposiums are also planned. In addition, students will be able to attend training and educational summer schools on the basis of Chinese universities.
The opening of the center was another event of the agreement on joint training of specialists between Francisk Skorina Gomel State University and the Shanghai Professional Institute of Industry, Commerce and Foreign Languages. Last December a branch of the State University - Gomel Institute was opened at the Shanghai Institute.
In general, the beginning of the study of Sinology in Francisk Skorina Gomel State University started in 2006, when the university created a study of Sinology. At present, the Confucius Institute works at the university.