Inauguration in Rabat of the new headquarters of the Confucius Pilot Institute

The new headquarters of the Confucius Pilot Institute, under the Mohammed V University, was inaugurated on Tuesday in Rabat.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Director General of the Moroccan News Agency (MAP), Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, the President of the University Mohammed V in Rabat, Mohamed El Ghachi, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Morocco, Li Changlin, and the directors of the Institute, Karima Yatribi and Li Ning.

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Speaking on this occasion, Mohamed El Ghachi said that the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Confucius Pilot Institute is the result of the efforts and commitment of several stakeholders and partners from Morocco and China.

The Confucius Institute in Rabat is concerned with providing quality academic training and cultural support to young people and adults interested in the Chinese language and culture, in addition to its participation in training programs for Chinese language teachers, a- he said.

Relations between Morocco and China continue to develop at all levels, he said, noting that these relations have experienced a new dynamic following the launch of a strategic partnership between the two countries in 2016. For his part, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Morocco expressed his joy at taking part in this ceremony which reflects the upward dynamic of cultural exchanges between the two countries which remain determined to strengthen their cooperation within the framework of the strategic partnership which binds them.

Like China, Morocco is a country that stands out for its millennial history and its rich and authentic culture, underlined Li Changlin, noting that the Kingdom is the only Arab country to host three Confucius Institutes on its soil, “this which illustrates China’s commitment to mobilize all necessary resources to advance cooperation between our two countries”.

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In his speech, Karima Yatribi welcomed the inauguration of the new headquarters of this pilot Institute in Africa, seeing therein recognition from China of the importance of the efforts made by the Confucius Institute in Morocco to promote Chinese culture and expand the base of Chinese speakers in the Kingdom.

Created in 2008, the Confucius Institute is the result of a partnership between Mohammed V University and Beijing International Studies University. In 2012, the Institute launched the Chinese studies course.

Confucius Institute centers have been established at the universities of Ibn Tofail in Kenitra, Ibn Zohr in Agadir and Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez.

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