A delegation from Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), China, visited the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the British University in Egypt (BUE). The delegation consisted of Prof. Ni Haidong, the BLCU President, Prof. Luo Lin, Dean of Faculty of Middle East Research, Prof. Dong Chuan, Vice Manager of International Relationships Office, Dr. Zhou Xin, Manager of overseas students, Dr. Song Bo, Teaching Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in Egypt, Prof. Hassan Ragab, Dean of the Faculty of Alsun at Suez Canal University, and Dr. Zhu Tingting, Director of Confucius Institute at Suez Canal University.
The Delegation met with the BUE President Prof. Ahmed Hamad, H.E. Ambassador Mahmoud Karem, Special Advisor for the University for Foreign Relations, Prof. Yehia Bahei El Din, Vice President for Research and Post-graduate Studies, Prof. Shadia Fahim, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Mohamed Eid, the Director of the International Office, and the Faculty Deans.
Prof. Ahmed Hamad welcomed the delegation on behalf of the BUE and on behalf of Mr Farid Khamis, the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He highlighted the exceptional relations between China and Egypt and expressed BUE’s interest in international academic collaboration with BLCU in the areas of culture and languages based on the MOU signed with BLCU and on the fact that the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is on the threshold of inaugurating its Chinese Language Department.
During the visit, Prof. Hamad proposed a tripartite cooperation model between the BUE, China and Africa, where the BUE can serve as the gateway to Africa for future cooperation based on the One Belt One Road initiative (Silk Road Economic Belt). The BUE is the ideal partner for such an initiative as it is the first private institution to establish a Centre for Africa Studies on its campus and one of the first few academic institutions that takes the initiative for collaboration with African countries.
President of BLCU, Prof. Ni Haidong expressed a genuine delight in this visit not only because he has had the opportunity to visit the BUE which he considers one of the most outstanding private academic institutions in Egypt and the MENA region, but also because this was his first visit to Egypt.
Dr. Song Bo, the Teaching Counsellor of Chinese Embassy in Egypt, also conveyed his delight in the impression BUE has left on him and promised that the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Egypt will provide its full support to ensure that BLCU and the BUE enjoy fruitful cooperation for the benefit of the two nations China and Egypt.
The delegation’s visit concluded with a tour of the BUE campus and a meeting with the academic staff of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Before leaving the BUE, the delegation members expressed their appreciation of the overall impressive visit.