SHU unveils statue of Uzbek national hero
Updated: 2017-03-15

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Officials from Shanghai and Uzbekistan pose for a group photo during the unveiling ceremony for a statue of the renowned Uzbek statesman and poet Alisher Navoi at Shanghai University (SHU) on March 13. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Shanghai University (SHU) unveiled a statue of Alisher Navoi, the legendary Central Asian statesman and poet, on March 13 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Uzbekistan.

Navoi (1441-1501) is still regarded today as one of the greatest Central Asian poets who ever lived, and is revered in Uzbekistan as a national hero, with many parks, museums, theaters, streets, and even cities named after him.

A delegation of some 10 officials from Uzbekistan and officers from the Shanghai municipal education committee and SHU attended the ceremony.

Luo Hongjie, secretary of the Party committee of SHU, expressed his respect and admiration for the great figure, as his works and thoughts have profoundly influenced many Chinese people.

Luo added that he regarded the unveiling of the statue a good chance to infuse more vigor and vitality to the cooperation and exchanges between the two countries, especially in the field of education.

"Uzbekistan students are always our distinguished guests, and they can apply for various types of scholarships while studying in Shanghai," Luo said.

Representatives from the Uzbek delegation spoke highly of SHU's effort to bring their two countries closer and build strong cultural and educational ties. They looked back on the fruitful achievements and also looked forward to a healthier and steadier relationship between the two sides.

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