On May 11th, SCU President Li Yanrong met with the Spanish Ambassador to China, Alberto Carnero Fernández. The Ambassador’s wife joined the visiting delegation, while SCU Vice President Yan Shijing, representatives of the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office and members of the faculty and staff of Sichuan University attended the meeting.
President Li Yanrong welcomed the Spanish Ambassador, who was visiting Sichuan University for the first time, and introduced the university’s background, recent developments, and well-established history in the study of foreign languages. In 2010, SCU established its Spanish Department, which has greatly contributed to the demand for foreign language experts in the region and boosted Sino-Spanish scholarly exchanges. President Li is confident that the Ambassador’s visit will encourage further cultural exchange between the two countries and promote enhanced collaboration between Sichuan University and Spanish institutions of higher learning.
Ambassador Alberto Carnero Fernández pointed out that Spain and China are just this year celebrating 45 years of diplomatic relations. With the joint efforts of the governments and citizens of both nations, bilateral relations have rapidly developed and cooperation in various sectors has yielded fruitful and substantive results. At the moment, Sino-Spanish relations are presented with unprecedented opportunities so that collaboration in higher education is more urgently needed than ever as new avenues for promoting goodwill and cultural exchange are being sought out. The Ambassador acknowledged SCU’s standing as one of China’s leading comprehensive universities, with numerous achievements in recent years in education, development of its academic disciplines, scientific research and international collaboration. He, too, hopes that SCU and Spanish universities will enter stronger partnerships in the future to promote the overall development of Sino-Spanish cultural and educational collaboration and exchange.
Following their meeting, the Spanish Ambassador and his wife went to observe a class in the Spanish Language Department; they talked to SCU students and faculty who wanted to know more about Spain and Spanish culture.