On November 18, 2023, Daffodil International University hosted a grand celebration in the International Conference Hall to mark the first anniversary of its "Belt and Road Research Center."
The event saw the presence of notable figures, including the former Bangladeshi Ambassador to China, Mr. Mahbub Uz Zaman, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh, Mr. Yue Li Wen, Daffodil University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. M. Lutfar Rahman, the former consul General of Bangladesh Consulate General in Kunming Mr. AFM Aminul Islam, Director of the "Belt and Road" Research Center, Professor Masum Iqbal, Dr. Yang Hui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University, Dr. Ma Xiaoyan, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at North South University, and representatives from the Bangladesh-China Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Ms. Yu Guang Yue Anandi, Director of the Bengali Department of China Media Group, attended and graced the event online.
In his address, Mr. Zaman, the former Bangladeshi Ambassador to China, praised the remarkable initiative of China's "Belt and Road." He acknowledged its significant impact on improving Bangladesh's infrastructure and fostering socio-economic development. He expressed confidence that the cooperation under the "Belt and Road" framework would benefit both countries and contribute to realizing Bangladesh's vision for 2041, embodying the golden dreams of the Bangladeshi people.
Mr. Yue Li Wen, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, commended the efforts and progress made by the research center in the past year. He emphasized that the "Belt and Road" Research Center would facilitate better understanding of China among the people of Bangladesh. He expressed anticipation for further research outcomes and the continued promotion of academic and cultural exchanges between China and Bangladesh.
Dr. Yang Hui, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University, extended warm congratulations on the first-anniversary celebration of the research center. She highlighted the ongoing collaboration between the Confucius Institute and Daffodil International University's "Belt and Road" Research Center in Chinese language education and cultural activities, achieving visible results. She expressed the hope for continued cooperation to build a platform for cultural exchange and enhance Bangladeshi students' understanding of the Chinese language and culture.
The guests then visited the "Belt and Road" Research Center of Daffodil International University, where they cut the celebration cake together to express sincere blessings and best wishes.
During the celebration, Dr. Mohsin, from Daffodil International University, presented the research center's achievements in implementing research projects, organizing cultural activities, and conducting Chinese language teaching over the past year. Certificates were awarded to three outstanding members for their significant contributions to the research center. The event concluded with joint performances by students from the "Belt and Road" Research Center at Daffodil International University, Chinese teachers from the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University, and research graduate students from Yunnan University, showcasing the vibrancy and talent of youth from China and Bangladesh.
Since February 2023, the Confucius Institute at Dhaka University has been offering Chinese language courses at Daffodil International University and has collaborated with the university's "Belt and Road" Research Center to organize cultural events such as the "Happy Chinese New Year" celebration and the Chinese Corner.