"Chinese cultural week" launched in Egypt's university

09:15, November 07, 2010      

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Speaking different Chinese local dialects fluently, two Egyptian students surprised the audience with their excellent knowledge of Chinese language skills as shown in a traditional Chinese cross talk performance.

The show, presented by a junior and a senior at the Chinese language department of Egypt's Ain Shams University, was part of the "Chinese cultural week" event launched in the university in Cairo on Saturday.

The event, which would last three days, included exhibitions of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and Chinese movies, a number of Chinese arts shows by Egyptian students and lectures about China's cultural, educational, economic and social developments to be delivered by staff members of the Chinese Embassy in Cairo.

"This activity offers a good opportunity to present Chinese culture and development achievements and is part of significant exchanges in education and culture between the two nations," said Song Aiguo, Chinese new ambassador to Egypt.

Currently, there are more than 20 colleges or universities with Arabic language courses in China and six higher institutions in Egypt with Chinese language courses, according to Song.

At the opening ceremony, 14 Egyptian teachers from five universities, including Ain Shams, Cairo University and Suez Canal University, got rewards for their great contributions in Chinese language teaching.

With the joint efforts by the Chinese Culture Center in Cairo, shows about Chinese ethnic groups' distinctive dresses, tea and martial arts also were a great success.

"I love Chinese calligraphy and popular songs," Hassan, a senior of the Chinese language department of Ain Shams, told Xinhua in fluent Chinese. He said he had participated in a Chinese language contest last year and even got a reward.

Ain Shams University established the Chinese language department in 1957, the first one to have such courses in the Middle East and Africa. Currently, there are more than 2,000 students learning Chinese in Egypt, half of them in Ain Shams.

Source: Xinhua


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