|Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Vice-Chancellors of University of Oxford and University of Cambridge|
(From left: Pro-Vice-Chancellor Leslie, Ambassador Liu and his wife, Vice-Chancellor Hamilton and wife, and Minister-Counsellor Tian of Education)
On the evening of April 26, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and his wife Hu Pinghua hosted a send-off banquet at their residence for Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of University of Oxford and his wife, and Professor Ian Leslie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Cambridge, who will attend the Opening Ceremony of Shanghai World Expo and the Fourth Chinese-Foreign University Presidents Forum in China. Also present at the banquet was Minister-Counsellor Tian Xiaogang from the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
Ambassador Liu and his wife gave the guests a warm welcome for their visit to China and attendance of the Opening Ceremony of Shanghai World Expo, and wished the visit a complete success. The Ambassador also hoped that they may get a first-hand experience of the fast-changing Shanghai and the China in constant development and changes and further deepen the British people’s understanding about China.
Ambassador listened attentively to the guests’ introduction of the two universities’ cooperation and exchanges with China, and gave a positive evaluation of the efforts they have made to promote the China-UK education cooperation and strengthen the exchanges and friendship between the peoples of the two countries. He hoped that University of Oxford and University of Cambridge may further expand the exchanges and cooperation with Chinese universities, colleges and scientific research institutions and make greater contributions to improve the mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples, especially the youths of the two countries. He said that the Chinese Embassy in the UK will continue to give positive support for University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and other universities and colleges in the UK to engage in cooperation with China.
Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Leslie said that they are looking forward to visiting China, especially attending the Opening Ceremony of Shanghai World Expo and believed that it will be a successful world event. University of Oxford and University of Cambridge are committed to the exchanges and cooperation with Chinese universities, colleges and scientific research institutions. Currently, they have 745 and 719 Chinese students respectively. They are proud of it and wished that more Chinese students may study in the two universities in the future. Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Leslie also graciously invited Ambassador Liu to visit University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.