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Official Launching Ceremony of the online language Classroom Program at the University of Aegean

On 15 October 2020 at 10:00 am the official digital launching ceremony of the online Chinese Language Classroom Program at the University of the Aegean took place at the Senate Hall.  The ceremony was part of the celebrative events of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Greece for the anniversary of the National Day of China.

The ceremony was addressed by the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Niki Kerameos, the Deputy Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Tian Xuejun, the Chinese Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, Qiyue Zhang, and the Rectoress of the University of the Aegean, Professor Chryssi Vitsilaki. The event was attended by the Vice Rector for Administration, Professor Dimitris Papageorgiou, and the Dean of the School of the Environment, Professor George Tsirtis, Heads of Departments and members of the academic community of the University of the Aegean. The event was digitally attended by Vice-Rectors, Professor Elena Theodoropoulou, Professor Charalambos Skianis and Associate Professor Maria Mavri, and a large number of members of the academic community of the University of the Aegean, via the YouTube channel of the University at the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKeE_tLdM8  which remains open and accessible to the wider community.

The University of the Aegean in cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Education is forwarding a pioneering international educational activity by setting off the implementation of the first online Chinese language education program in Greece. The lessons which are addressed to beginners and last from 12 to 16 weeks, will be held in English on a specially designed platform providing all the required educational and other multimedia means and will start in October.

In her speech, the Rectoress, Professor Chryssi Vitsilaki referred to the enormous interest expressed in learning Chinese and the mass registrations for the Program by members of the academic community of the University of the Aegean, including students, teaching and administrative personnel. As she stated “During the initial phase there will be 20 classes with 400 participants, mostly students and a few academics; however we are looking forward to the successful implementation of many more new cycles and will continue our efforts to offer the members of our University and wider local communities the chance to learn one of the most historic and diachronic languages of all times, i.e. the Chinese language.”

The Rectoress thanked the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Niki Kerameos, as this international educational cooperation would not have reached a successful outcome unless there was a political vision and the active involvement of the Ministry of Education. She also thanked the Deputy Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China, Tian Xuejun and the Chinese Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, Qiyue Zhang, for their effective support and trust towards the University of the Aegean and also for their constant efforts and the time and resources invested in this major endeavour.

Both the Deputy Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic acknowledged the contribution of the specific program in the reinforcement of friendship ties and cooperation among the two countries and particularly between the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the University of the Aegean.