On November 14, 2023, His Excellency Mr.Yao Wen, the Ambassador of China to Bangladesh, graced the opening ceremony of the 2023 New Semester and the Award Ceremony for Outstanding Students at the Confucius Institute, University of Dhaka. Welcomed by the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Yang Hui, and nearly 100 students and faculties, Ambassador Mr. Yao Wen was accompanied by Cultural Counselor Mr. Yue Liwen and First Secretary Ms.Lang Lang of the Cultural Section of the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh.
The event, attended by key figures such as Prof. ABM Razaul Karim Faquire, Director of IML and Bangladeshi Director of Confucius Institute at Dhaka University, Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, Director, Office of the International Affairs and, Dr. Md.Afzal Hossain, Professor from Chinese Language Department, IML, University of Dhaka.
During the event, Ambassador Mr. Yao Wen delivered an impassioned speech expressing his joy at participating in the ceremony. He commended the achievements of the students, highlighting their ability to speak fluent Chinese after just a few months of study. Emphasizing the growing people-to-people exchanges between the two nations, he envisioned the students as future ambassadors fostering friendship between China and Bangladesh.
Professor Razul Karim, Bangladeshi Director of the Confucius Institute, conveyed heartfelt thanks to H.E Ambassador Mr. Yao Wen and his delegation. Drawing from his recent visit to China, he encouraged students to seize the learning opportunities, delve into Chinese language and culture, and contribute to the enduring friendship between Bangladesh and China.
Freshman representative Sifat E Jannat shared her aspirations of further studies in China, expressing her understanding of Chinese language and culture. Outstanding students Mst. Adila Abdari and Tausif Jaman Shaikat, acknowledged the challenges of learning Chinese but credited the engaging teaching methods of the Confucius Institute for their improved proficiency.
Finally, Confucius Institute commended the outstanding students of the previous semester. The guests presented awards to the outstanding students, and Ambassador Mr. Yao Wen presented awards to the students who won the first prize. A total of 32 outstanding students were awarded for their excellent achievements, including 9 first prize winners, 12 second prize winners, 8 third prize winners, and 3 Full attendance award winners.
新生代表Sifat E Jannat 表达了她对汉语、对中国文化的理解，希望通过学习汉语能够前往中国进一步学习。优秀学生代表Mst. Adila Abdari 和 Tausif Jaman Shaikat都表达了对孔院教师的感谢，认为尽管学习汉语很难，但因为有老师们的帮助，汉语学习变得不单调、不枯燥，也让自己的汉语水平得到极大的提升。他们鼓励新同学好好学习汉语，在新的学期取得较大进步。