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Delegation of Qufu Normal University visiting Taganrog

June 29-30, 2010: official delegation of Qufu Normal University headed by its president Jing Zhaoxun from the partner city of Jining (Shangdong, People's Republic of China) visited the city of Taganrog.

Chinese delegates met with the direction of the Taganrog Teachers' College (TGPI) and the Taganrog College of Technologies of Southern Federal University, visited the Center for Nanotechnology at the Southern Federal University. Both sides made presentations of their respective universities and discussed the opportunities for future cooperation and exchanges.

Mayor Fedyanin (right) and president of Qufu University Jing Zhaoxun (left) after the press conference at Mayor's Office

June 30, the Chinese delegation was received at the Mayor's Office. Mayor Fedyanin shared his impressions of the visit to Jining and the meetings with Mayor Zhang, and expressed his interest in having a branch of Confucius Institute in Taganrog. The discussion of further cooperation plans was held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere. "We are interested in possibility for our specialist to get education in your university. We are interested in your experience, which I am sure would help more effectively develop the economy of this city" told Nikolay Fedyanin at the closing of the meeting.

Jing Zhaoxun and Zhu Yufu presenting the Qufu University and Confucius Institute to the audience in Chekhov Public Library

The presentation of the Qufu Normal University and Confucius Institute, Jining being the home city of the famous Chinese philosopher, was held in the conference hall of the Chekhov Library in front of an audience of Taganrog students. The main mission of the Confucius Institute is to promote Chinese language and culture and to support local Chinese teaching.

During the tour of the city, the visitors from Jining visited the Chekhov Birth House, Chekhov Gymnasium, Chekhov Library, Old Stone Steps, Pushkin Quay, Peter the Great Monument and Chekhov Monument.