President Welcomed the New Chinese Director and Volunteer Teachers
April 11, 2023

Brasilia, March 16th, Prof. Clay Nunes Chagas, president of Pará State University, welcomed Prof. Sun Jing, the new Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at Pará State University and the volunteer teachers including Wang Ting, Hao Bairui, Zhao Yixin, Zhang Wantai and Ye Fangyu at the school headquarters. Prof. Antônio Silva, the local director of the Confucius Institute, and Mr. William Gaia, the director of the International Center of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), attended the meeting.

Sun Jing handed over the letter and gift from Professor Zeng Qingliang, President of Shandong Normal University, to President Chagas, for which President Chagas expressed his heartfelt thanks. He welcomed the arrival of Director Sun and the volunteer teachers, hoping that through the efforts of the Confucius Institute, the friendship between China and Brazil will be further deepened. Director Sun said that the Chinese teachers of the Confucius Institute would work hard to promote the continuous development of the Confucius Institute, so that the Confucius Institute can become a good platform for international exchanges and cooperation between Shandong Normal University and Pará State University, and consolidate and develop the relationship between the two sides. Friendly and cooperative relations should be strengthened to promote the spread of Chinese language and Chinese culture in Brazil.

At the end of the meeting, President Chagas presented souvenirs with Amazonian cultural characteristics to the Chinese director and teachers, and took a group photo.

The Confucius Institute at Pará State University and the Confucius Classroom at Pará Federal University will resume offline teaching in early April, providing Mandarin classes for current students of the two universities of Pará State University and Pará Federal University, as well as local community residents in Belem, Tai Chi classes and other cultural events will also be provided, which have been moved online or been suspended due to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak.