UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba (2nd left) with Hebei University of Economics and Business Vice-President, Prof. Wu Yiqing (2nd right) show off a Chinese painting while UNZA Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Enala Tembo-Mwase (left) admires it during the official opening of the Confucius Institute Language and Culture Museum.

The University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba, has described the relationship between UNZA and Hebei University of Economics and Business as strategic for faculty and cultural exchange programmes. He said this during the official opening of the Confucius Institute Language and Culture Museum at the Great Road campus today, Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

Prof. Mumba said that the partnership between the two universities would strengthen the language and cultural exchange programmes for the people of China and Zambia. He said that this partnership was a reflection of the lasting friendship between Zambia and China which started way back in the early 1970s.

Prof. Mumba also thanked Hebei University of Economics and Business for the support and collaboration rendered to UNZA and the Confucius Institute in implementing the language and cultural programmes.

Speaking at the same function, Hebei University of Economics and Business Vice-President, Prof. Wu Yiqing, was impressed with the cooperation between UNZA and Confucius Institute especially in the field of language and cultural exchange programmes.

Prof. Wu said that Hebei University of Economics and Business was committed to fulfilling its commitments to complete the remaining facilities of the Confucius Institute at UNZA. He hoped that this friendship would be expanded in the future.

The official opening of the Confucius Institute Language and Culture Museum is proceeded by the 2017 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Africa which will be held on Thursday, 18th May 2017 by Her Honour, the Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia, Madam Inonge Mutukwa Wina.

The aims of the event are to implement the Development Plan of Confucius Institute (2012-2020), exchange experiences to enhance cooperation and promote the development of Confucius institutes of Africa.

Delegates for the conference come from 54 Confucius institutes and classrooms from 35 African countries, Chinese partner universities, representatives from the Embassy of People's Republic of China in Zambia, representatives from China-funded organisations and representatives from Confucius institute headquarters, Hanban, China.

Some delegates and UNZA staff listening to speeches during the official opening of the Confucius Institute Language and Culture Museum at the Great East Road campus.