On Thursday, 19 May, Hebei Foreign Studies University delegation visited Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU). The aim of the delegation's visit was to get acquainted with RSU, as well as meet the Chinese students from Hebei Foreign Studies University who acquire Latvian in the RSU Language Centre this year.
During the visit, the delegation met the representatives of the RSU management. In his speech RSU Rector Prof. Jānis Gradovskis (pictured below, with Professor Tatjana Koķe during the meeting) mentioned the international openness and experience of RSU, as well as the wish to continue the cooperation with the colleagues from Hebei. Whereas, RSU Vice-Rector Prof. Tatjana Koķe drew attention to the advantages of the quality higher education available to Chinese students in Latvia. Finally, the Director of International Department Baiba Pētersone gave a presentation about RSU and study opportunities provided to international students.
Prof. Jianzhong Sun, Manager of the Chinese delegation, President of Hebei Foreign Studies University, expressed his gratitude for offering a quality Latvian language courses to the students from Heibei. He admitted that student exchange in the field of the higher education is solid grounds for the development of the international relations, "upon returning to China, the students will know Latvian and they will have gained an insight into Latvian culture. The students will be able to share their knowledge with their friends and acquaintances, as well as always have an interest in activities connected with Latvia."
The visit started with a tour around the Old Town organized and led by the Project Manager of the International Department Maruta Funta. Vice-president of Hebei Foreign Studies University Yanhong Chen praised the hospitality of RSU: "The tour around the Old Town was an exciting experience. We are grateful to our partner RSU for this opportunity. The town is clean, green and beautiful. We definitely wish to come back here.”
The delegation had a meeting with the Director of RSU Language Centre Dace Žibala, under supervision of whom the Hebei students have been learning Latvian and culture since October 2015. RSU Language Centre and the Chinese students had prepared a presentation on the experience of the students in RSU and Latvia. The students demonstrated their knowledge of Latvian. Chen Hongmei, a representative of the RSU Confucius Centre, gave a presentation about Latvia to the guests from China.
Prof. Zhen Wei, International Relations Vice-president of Hebei Foreign Studies University, in his concluding speech emphasized that the teachers of RSU Language Centre not only had taught Latvian to the students, but also hosted them heartily. "The teachers were like mothers and elder sisters. They cared about our students”, told prof. Veis.
RSU concluded an agreement with Hebei Foreign Studies University in July 2015 when the University from China turned to the RSU International Department with a request to provide the Latvian language courses to the students from China, who will accompany the delegation from Latvia during an international forum organized by the Chinese Government and the Hebei Province Administration within the framework of the cooperation of Central and Eastern European Countries and China (16+1) in June this year.
The Chinese delegation was especially interested in visiting the pre-clinical learning centre of RSU Faculty of Dentistry. Hebei University plans opening of a new study programme in dentistry. President Prof. Sun expressed the wish to develop cooperation in this study area with RSU.
The visit of the Chinese delegation was organised by RSU International Department in cooperation with RSU Rector's Office.