Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Visits BFSU


On April 12, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and his delegation paid a visit to BFSU. Mr. Ed Kronenburg, the Dutch Ambassador to China, Mr. Paul Huijts, Secretary General,General Affairs, Mr. David van Weel, Foreign Policy and Defense Advisor, and Mr. Peter Potman, Director Asia & Pacific Affairs, DAO, BZ were in the delegation.

BFSU President Peng Long held a ceremony at BFSU Library to welcome the Dutch delegation. Mr. Wu Ken,Chinese Ambassador to the Netherlands, attended the ceremony. Vice President Yan Guohua chaired the ceremony.

President Peng expressed his welcome and gratitude to the Prime Minister for his visit and briefed the guests about BFSU, particularly the development of the Dutch language program. Mr. Peng described the Dutch program as the most important platform not only for Dutch language learning but also for Dutch studies and the spread of the Dutch culture.

Prime Minster Rutte spoke highly of the language proficiency of BFSU students and thanked BFSU for its contribution to Dutch language teaching and the spread of the Dutch culture. He expressed his satisfaction with the bilateral ties between China and the Netherlands as well as the fruitful results of his visit to China, and said he hoped to see China play a bigger leading role in this changing world.

Then, President Peng  and Ambassador Kronenburg jointly unveiled the plaque of the BFSU Center for Dutch Studies.

During the visit, the Prime Minister also talked with students from the Dutch language program and some Dutch students studying in China about topics such as culture, education, economy and international relations. He answered the students’ questions with patience and a sense of humour. When talking about education, he said both China and the Netherlands strive to find a balance between learning textbook knowledge and trying new things despite our differences in the form of education.

Before the ceremony, the Prime Minister enjoyed a bicycle ride around the BFSU campus together with some of the teachers and students of BFSU, and stopped at the China-EU Friendship Garden.

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