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Chinese ambassador Feihong visits Lower Danube University in Galati

Chinese ambassador to Romania Xu Feihong on Tuesday went to Galati for a brief visit to the local Lower Danube University.

He met the university’s president Iulian Birsan and watched “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a Broadway hit staged by 15 master’s students of the Arts Faculty. Under an agreement between China’s Central Academy of Drama and the Lower Danube University, the 15 are a second group of Romanian students attending master’s courses in performing arts who have also been extended a training trip to Beijing, China.

Birsan says the cooperation agreement with China’s Central Academy of Drama is conducted over three years, with a first group of graduates in 2015 and the 2016 graduates expected to mount a show for examination and the graduates of the next year having already concluded their training in Beijing

“Now we have a second group and next year a third, which has already completed training in Beijing and the master’s programme. Although initially there were few believing in this programme, which they would say is somehow exotic for his part of Europe, we have managed to develop it and carry it to completion. Hopefully in the future we will manage to sign more educational agreements with China. Our university is already cooperating with several Chinese universities, particularly in the areas of aquaculture and biotechnology,” said Birsan, according to Agerpres.

On his second visit to the university in Galati, Feihong said the project between the two countries is important, pointing out that exchanges of students and professors between the university of Galati and Chinese universities will be further developed.

The ambassador said this was his second time at the Lower Danube University, the second time that he watched the show staged by the local students once in Bucharest at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace and once in Hunedoara. He added that today is the end of the second session of master’s courses, which means a progress from the previous presentations. He said he is very glad that the cooperation programme exists between the university in Galati and China’s Central Academy of Drama, as it is an important cultural programme between the two countries. As far as I know, the ambassador said, there are very few such instances of cooperation, and that is why the Galati university is in the vanguard of cooperation in this area. Because of this cooperation platform, he said, the university in Galati and Chinese universities will develop exchanges of students and teaching staff, adding that the ongoing project is successful and he is convinced it will stimulate more projects. Hopefully, said the ambassador, we will continue the project because the exchanges benefit the exchanges between the two nations.

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