PR Islamabad - World Model Confucius Institute inaugurated at the National University of Modern languages (NUML), Islamabad on Thursday. Deputy Director Hanban China and representative of Confucius Headquarters Shao Xubo inaugurated the state-of-the-art Confucius Institute. Rector NUML Major General Zia Ud Din Najam (Retd), Xia Jianhui, Zheng Menglin, Cultural Counselor Chinese Embassy Zheng Guojin, Director General NUML Brig Riaz Ahmed Gondal, Deans, Directors, Heads of Department and large number of students attended the ceremony.

First ever Confucius Institute in any Muslim Country was established in Islamabad in 2005 at NUML. Since 2005 Confucius Institute Islamabad had been declared “Confucius Institute of Year” for four times and in December 2015 it had been declared Model Confucius Institute of the Year by the Confucius Headquarters China.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Director Hanban Shao Xubo said that Confucius Institute Islamabad was playing a vital role in promotion of Chinese language and culture to bring the people of both countries closer.

He said that language is the only key which can build the long lasting relations and after starting of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the importance of language and cultural institute is increased. “Hanban will assist Confucius Institute Islamabad in every respect and no stone will be left unturned in this regard,” he said.

Rector NUML Major General Zia Ud Din Najam in his remarks applauded the role of Director General Hanban and Chief Executive Confucius Headquarters Madam Xu Lin in establishment of Confucius Institute Islamabad. He said that without her help and personal interest Confucius Institute would never achieve such heights.

He further said that in recognition of her services for promotion of the promotion of Chinese language, literature and heritage and in appreciation of her services towards strengthening of cordial and friendly relations between Pakistan and China, the Board of Governors of NUML has resolved to confer the degree of Doctorate of Literature upon Madam Xu Lin. Deputy Director Hanban Mr. Shao Xubo received the degree on the behalf of Madam Xu Lin who was unable to attend the ceremony due to her pre occupied commitments.