photo 1On June 16th, the first official Confucius Institute Teaching Point was opened in VMU. The Director of Confucius Institute prof. Dongui Zhang, VMU Vice-rector Prof. Auksė Balčytienė, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Prof. Ineta Dabašinskienė, the Head of the Department of Culture Studies and Ethnology Dr. Laimutė Anglickienė and the Head of the Centre for Asian Studies Dr. Aurelijus Zykas were presenting at this important event.

During the ceremony the name plate of the Teaching Point was uncovered next to the 601st auditorium of the Faculty of Humanities (Donelaičio st. 52), where usually Chinese language lectures are held. Furthermore, the Director of Confucius Institute presented a gift to VMU Vice-rector – a symbolic book as a token of a good relationship.

After the ceremony, the guests of the opening went to public lecture about Chinese economy, which was read by Prof. Riming Cui from Liaoning university of China.

Teaching Point was established with a close collaboration between VMU and Vilnius University’s Confucius Institute, which is the most important institution for the development of Chinese language and culture studies in Lithuania. The fundamentals for the classroom’s opening were made on April 29th, when the memorandum was signed between the two parties.

Right now, VMU has the most Chinese language students in Lithuania. This year only 90 students were learning the language. From this September the numbers are expected to grow even more. Most of the students are learning Chinese language as one of their major’s subject in the East Asian Languages and Cultures BA program.