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President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos visits Tsinghua

President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos visits Tsinghua


On May 15th, H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic, made his first visit to Tsinghua University. During his visit, President Pavlopoulos delivered a speech entitled " The Contribution of the Greek Language to the Dialogue of Civilizations".

Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University, had a meeting with President Pavlopoulos. The Chinese Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Zhang Qiyue attended the meeting.

The delegation from the Hellenic Republic included Mrs. Vlassia Pavlopoulou, Spouse of HE the President of the Hellenic Republic; Mr. Terens Nikolaos Quick, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic; Mr. Georges Yennimatas, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic; Mr. Leonidas Rokanas, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to China, and Mr. Panagiotis Laskaridis, President of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation.

President Qiu welcomed President Pavlopoulos on his first visit to Tsinghua University. He emphasized the importance of dialogue between civilization and youth exchanges between the two countries. He also emphasised the hope of Tsinghua University to promote scientific and academic exchanges between the two countries.

President Pavlopoulos said that he was very honored to make his first visit to Tsinghua University. He welcomed dialogue between Greece and China, and hoped there will be further cooperation and exchanges between universities of the two countries.

The Tsinghua Global Vision Lecture session was held following the meeting. President Pavlopoulos delivered a keynote speech entitled “The Contribution of the Greek Language to the Dialogue of Civilizations”. Tsinghua University Vice President and Provost Yang Bin moderated the event.

In his opening remark, President Qiu welcomed President Pavlopoulos and his delegation to the beautiful campus of Tsinghua University. He stated that China and Greece are two great civilizations that have far-reaching influence in the history of mankind. The people of the two countries has been maintaining a good relationship by showing appreciation and respect towards each other. Tsinghua University highly values its educational and cultural exchanges with universities in Greece. It is hoped that there will be more in-depth exchanges and cooperation between universities of the two countries in the future.

In his speech, President Pavlopoulos shared with the audience the concepts and ideas about the dialogue of civilizations. He highlighted the inextricable link and dialectic relations between the Greek Civilization and the Greek Language in its historical evolution. He also elaborated on the contribution of Greek Language and Greek Civilization for the communication and dialogue among great civilizations, mainly to the dialogue of the Greek Civilization with the very ancient, wonderful, ever dynamic and creative Chinese Civilization, throughout its uninterrupted history.

President Pavlopoulos stressed in his speech that every civilization is unique and authentic, and there is no ranking of civilizations where one is superior over another. He stated that it is the language that has created a civilization, and hence language is the best way to express a civilization. He believed that great civilizations are made to evolve and communicate, and every individual has to perform the duty to build bridges of communication between civilizations. It is hoped that a peaceful and creative world can be created through languages and civilizations.

After the speech, there was a Q and A session for President Pavlopoulos to answer the question from participating students.

Li Jinliang, Dean of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office; Lu Xiaobo, Dean of the Academy of Arts and Design; Zhao Kejin, Director of Department of International Relations; Meng Bo, Associate Dean of the International Cooperation and Exchange Office, and Tsinghua students and faculty also attended the event.


Writer: Wilson Khor
Editors: Guo Lili, King Madeleine Rose