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Ambassador Zheng Zeguang Visits Ulster University
2023-03-31 19:23

On 27 March 2023, H.E. Ambassador Zheng Zeguang visited Ulster University in Northern Ireland, where he met with Vice-Chancellor Paul Bartholomew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Cathy Gormley-Heenan and heads of relevant departments of the university, and had friendly exchanges with the “young ambassadors” who won the Northern Ireland Chinese language and culture award.

Ambassador Zheng commended Ulster University on its outstanding strength in teaching and research and the positive progress it had made in cooperation with Chinese universities. He also applauded Ulster University Confucius Institute for its important contributions to helping the people of Northern Ireland learn Chinese and understand Chinese history and culture, and to promoting educational cooperation between China and Northern Ireland.

Ambassador Zheng outlined the important achievements of China's Two Sessions, i.e. the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and noted that the Chinese people are vigorously promoting high-quality development and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through the Chinese path to modernisation. China's development has brought new hope for world peace and development, and provided new opportunities for countries around the world to cooperate with China.

Ambassador Zheng expressed hope for Ulster University to continue to take the lead in cooperation with China, strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Chinese universities, and leverage its complementary advantages to achieve mutual benefit. He also expressed best wishes for greater success of the Confucius Institute, and his hope that it will continue to provide world-class Chinese language teaching to students in Northern Ireland, and make positive contributions to enhancing the friendship between the people of China and Northern Ireland.

Vice-Chancellor Bartholomew said that Ulster University cherishes its cooperation with China and has established partnerships with many Chinese universities such as Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology. The relevant cooperation continued uninterrupted even during COVID, which speaks fully to its resilience and strong will to cooperate with Chinese universities. Ulster University, with unique advantages in many aspects, looks forward to further strengthening the cooperation, and welcomes more Chinese students to study at the university. Ulster University will continue to run the Confucius Institute well and play an active role in promoting educational cooperation and cultural exchanges between China and Northern Ireland.


During the visit, the Ulster University Choir and the Millburn Primary School Choir sang Chinese songs such as "I Love You, China", "Little Swallow" and "Let Love Fill the World" for Ambassador Zheng and his delegation. The “young ambassadors” who won the Northern Ireland Chinese language and culture award shared their experience of learning the Chinese language and culture, saying that learning Chinese not only allows them to master another language, but also opens a door to a new world. They look forward to visiting and studying in China in the future. Ambassador Zheng encouraged the students to work hard at their Chinese language studies, deepen their understanding of Chinese culture and history, and spread and promote the friendship between the people of China and the UK.

Chinese Consul General in Belfast Zhang Meifang, Counselor Hua Mei, wife of Ambassador Zheng, and Minister Bao Ling, Minister Counselor Bi Haibo and Counselor Kong Xiangwen of the Chinese Embassy in the UK attended the event.

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