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Chinese School Dubai Holds Founding Ceremony and School Opening Ceremony

On September 1, the newly established Chinese School Dubai announced the start of its first school year. It is the first overseas Chinese school established by Hangzhou No. 2 High School of Zhejiang Province. With the school opening ceremony, it officially started operation.

The ceremony was held simultaneously in Hangzhou and Dubai linked together through Internet. Guests from China and abroad were present. In Hangzhou, present in the ceremony were Vice Minister Tian Xuejun of the Ministry of Education, Deputy Director-General Fang Jun of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of Ministry of Education, and officials from Zhejiang Provincial Government, Hangzhou Municipal Committee, Municipal People's Congress, Municipal Government and Municipal Committee of the CPPCC. In the Chinese School Dubai venue, present were the representative of Dubai royal family, Director of International Department of UAE Ministry of Education, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Director General of the Community Development Authority, Director General of Dubai Department of Tourism, Director of UAE Hala China Executive Committee, officials of Chinese Embassy in the UAE and Chinese Consulate General in Dubai, superintendents of Chinese enterprises and overseas Chinese groups in the consular district, representatives of teachers, students and parents, along with news reporters.

Representing Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai was Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. Accompanied by Ni Jian, Chinese Ambassador to the UAE, Li Xuhang, Consul General of China in Dubai, and Yin Liping, the Principal of Chinese School Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mansour visited classrooms, learned about the school, interacted with students, and made positive remarks on the school's educational philosophy, facilities and efficiency. Later, His Highness Sheikh Mansour planted the seedling of a ghaf tree, the UAE's national tree on the playground. It symbolizes the importance of education and carries the hope that the friendship between the two countries will be deep-rooted and evergreen.

At ten o'clock, the ceremony began simultaneously in Hangzhou and Dubai. A special promotional video of the school was shown at the venues. Then, witnessed by guests and with enthusiastic applause, His Highness Sheikh Mansour unveiled the Chinese School Dubai. The first overseas Chinese school was thus officially founded in Dubai.

Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education of China, delivered a speech via video to express congratulations on the establishment of the school and appreciation for the support of all parties involved. He said that during the special time when the COVID-19 pandemic spreads globally, China and the UAE have worked together to build and open Chinese School Dubai as planned despite of many difficulties. This demonstrates the profound and enduring friendship between the two countries. Chinese School Dubai is among the new measures to promote and accelerate China's education opening-up. The school is committed to providing the best quality Chinese educational resources for overseas Chinese in the UAE and building a friendly and mutually beneficial platform that promotes political mutual trust, as well as economic, trade and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Consul General Li Xuhang said in his speech that the establishment of Chinese School Dubai is a great event for overseas Chinese in the UAE. Under the guidance and support of Ambassador Ni Jian, the Consulate General in Dubai has actively facilitated the preparatory work for the school. Out of the belief of "diplomacy for the people", the Consulate General has been helping it to become a successful project in service of overseas Chinese. The founding of Chinese School Dubai is a great event for Chinese education going global, as it is a successful implementation of President Xi Jinping's instruction of "education going global". It is believed that in future, Chinese School Dubai will evolve into a first-class demonstration school of Chinese's basic education abroad. The founding of Chinese School Dubai is also a great event for educational cooperation between China and the UAE. It contributes to Dubai's aim of becoming a world leader in education and is a mutually beneficial project promoting cultural and educational cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. At last, Li Xuhang thanked the education departments of the two countries, Zhejiang Province and Hangzhou City, as well as Chinese enterprises and overseas Chinese in the consular district for their support, which enabled the school to overcome many difficulties including tight schedule and the pandemic, eventually creating a Chinese miracle in Dubai.

Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said in his speech that Dubai is honored to be the birthplace of the first overseas full-time Chinese school, which provides an opportunity to understand and learn Chinese culture directly in Dubai. Chinese School Dubai is not only a new starting point for educational cooperation between China and the UAE, but also a facilitator of close relations between the two countries.

In her speech, Tong Guili, deputy secretary of Hangzhou Municipal Committee, said that Hangzhou will, as always, vigorously support Chinese School Dubai to become a quality school. Hangzhou will assist with the selection of teachers, teaching quality management, and administration, etc., and strive to build the school into an international window showing China's education quality and Hangzhou's city image while taking Hangzhou's education to the world.

In his speech, Principal Yin Liping said that the school will abide by the spirit of "everything for students", aiming to become a pioneering, landmark and leading overseas Chinese school. It advocates individualized education, with the goal of training students to become qualified citizens and outstanding talents with Chinese spirits and an international vision.

Later, traditional Chinese martial arts and instrumental musical performances added to the festive atmosphere of the ceremony. Finally, guests of both venues pressed the start button together, and with cheers, Chinese School Dubai officially opened, full of people's best wishes.

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