On 14 November 2023, H.E. Mr. Yao Wen, Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, visited the University of Dhaka and met with Honorable Prof.ASM Maksud Kamal, the new Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University.
Ambassador Yao first congratulated Prof. Kamal on his appointment as the 29th Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka, thanked the University for its ongoing interactions with China and looked forward to continuing to deepen cooperation in all aspects during the term of the new Vice Chancellor. He said China-Bangladesh relations enjoy a solid foundation and continue to improve. There are not only mega construction projects between China and Bangladesh, but also people-to-people exchanges and people-to-people bonds, which are equally important and play an irreplaceable role in the development of bilateral relations. Young students are the future of the two countries, and to strengthen exchanges between young people is to cultivate new successors for ever-lasting friendship between China and Bangladesh.
The University of Dhaka has a long history and is a leader in the field of education and academic research in Bangladesh. It is also the only university so far in Bangladesh with a Chinese language department. It has made outstanding contributions in promoting China-Bangladesh educational and cultural cooperation. Ambassador Yao Wen hoped that Vice Chancellor Prof. Kamal would continue to support China-Bangladesh educational and cultural exchanges, strengthen personnel exchanges and joint research, support the development of Confucius Institute and launch the Center for China Studies at Dhaka University at an early date.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Kamal warmly welcomed Ambassador Yao Wen's visit, saying that Ambassador Yao Wen is the first foreign envoy to visit since he was appointed as Vice Chancellor of DU, which fully demonstrated the close relationship between the two countries. Dhaka University attaches great importance to cooperation with China. China's leading advantages in the fields of education and science and technology are worth learning from. Dhaka University will further strengthen all-round cooperation with Chinese universities and research institutions, promote mutual visits and joint research between two sides, support the Confucius Institute at DU, and strive to jointly build the Center for China Studies with Chinese partners.
After the meeting, Ambassador Yao visited the site of Center for China Studies under construction located in Arts Building of DU. He also attended the opening ceremony of the new semester of Confucius Institute at DU and the commendation ceremony for outstanding students, and presented awards to the first prize students. He encouraged the students to learn Chinese well and become ambassadors of China-Bangladesh friendship.
Ambassador Yao also held a discussion with the graduate students of the Institute of International Relations of Yunnan University, who are conducting field research in Bangladesh. He listened to the reports of the students on their research plan and progress, hoping that they will conduct solid research and produce more academic achievements.
Ambassador Yao Wen was accompanied by Cultural Counselor Mr. Yue Liwen and First Secretary Ms.Lang Lang of the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh. Dr. Yang Hui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Prof. ABM Razaul Karim Faquire, Director of IML and Bangladeshi Director of Confucius Institute, Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, Director, Office of the Internationa Affairs and Prof. Dr. MD.Afzal Hossain, Head of Chinese Language Department, IML, University of Dhaka, attended the relevant activities.