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Posted October 17, 2007 by publisher in Cuba-World Trade

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After one year of study and cultural interchange, the first 207 Chinese Bachelors of Arts in Spanish graduated on Monday in Cuba.

During the graduation ceremony held in Havana’s Convention Center, Cuban Minister of Education, Juan Vela Valdes, said the Chinese graduates will have the opportunity to continue their studies in higher educational institutions of the island.

For his part, Chinese Vice Minister of Education, Zhao Qinping, manifested his country’s gratitude for the Cuban cooperation and noted this educational program is very popular in China.

Cuban President Fidel Castro offered the Chinese students a thesaurus, a manual on oratory and the book “One Hundred Hours with Fidel” as a graduation present.


Cuba and China Sign New Cooperation Accord

A new cooperation accord in the field of education was signed by Cuba and China on Tuesday, in Havana.
China’s Deputy Education Minister Zhao Qinping, who is currently visiting the island, said he is satisfied with the terms of the accord, which is an extension of a 2004 protocol for the period 2008-2011. The cooperation action includes the setting up of a center to teach Chinese language in Cuba.

“The Confucio Institute, as it will be called, will allow others to learn our language and it will also encourage the exchange between our two peoples”, said Zhao Qinping on conversations with his Cuban counterpart, Luis Ignacio Gomez.

Qinping praised the idea conceived by Cuban President Fidel Castro of having Chinese people learn Spanish in Cuba. Gomez on his part expressed his willingness to have Chinese students graduate from Cuban pedagogical schools as well.

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