Chinese New Year and Cultural Day took place at TUT
On February 26, TUT International Relations Office organized the Chinese Cultural Day to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
At 11am, TUT Rector Andres Keevallik and His Excellency Chinese Ambassador to Estonia Mr Qu Zhe jointly opened the TUT-Xinhua News Agency Photo Exhibition.
This Exhibition will be inaugurated and displayed on February 26 till March 5, 2015 in the corridor connecting the Library and Social Sciences Building.
By juxtaposing images of Estonian people in everyday life and ceremonial events, the exhibition aims at illustrating the Estonian people, tradition, festival, nature and culture. The audience will ponder how different we are as cultures and how similar we are as humans.
After that, Mr Qu Zhe gave a public lecture on "Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and Sharing Opportunities for Prosperity". He introduced the connotation and key features of the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative as well as favorable conditions for implementing it. The Ambassador also talked about the opportunities it will bring to the world and Estonia.
The Ambassador stressed that the Silk Road Economic Belt is open and inclusive system which is to promote economic growth for all parties through better connectivity and comprehensive development plans. China will not seek predominance during the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt, and the initiative is not going to disrupt other existing cooperative mechanisms. Not only an economic initiative, the Silk Road Economic Belt is also a bridge connecting different civilizations and promoting better understanding among peoples, which is essential for regional peace and stability.
Representatives from Xinhua News Agency Tallinn Bureau and Huawei Corporate Baltic Office also shared their experiences of conducting business in Tallinn and their future development plan. There was a healthy interaction between the speakers and audience during and after the open lectures.
There was a considerable interest among TUT staff and students to learn more about the Taiji after 30 min introduction and practice. A talk is going to hold an event training group at the Student House for participants to pursue the harmony in body and mind.
More than 50 people participated the get-together event of dumpling-making and tea ceremony. For many, it is their first time making the traditional Chinese food. Not only had they learned the basic skills to make dumpling by hand, but also shared a moment of joy and fun with fellow students.
Text by Keit Kissel, TUT International Relations Office.