China, Spain to enhance language and cultural ties
Updated: 2018-11-30

Universities from China and Spain signed a cooperation document in Madrid, Nov 28, aiming to promote language and cultural exchanges.

Li Yansong, president of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), and Dario Villanueva, director of Real Academia Española (RAE), negotiated the final agreement.

The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, as Xi was on a state visit to the European country at the time.

The agreement focused on the two schools jointly setting up a Chinese and Spanish language and culture research center. It also covered SISU getting authorization from RAE to promote its language resource pool in China, the only foreign establishment acquiring that approval.

Villanueva said that China and Spain established diplomatic ties 45 years ago, and it was of ground-breaking significance for the two schools to enhance their cooperative bonds witnessed by two state leaders.

Li agreed and emphasized SISU will accelerate the pace of building the joint research center, stimulating language and cultural education and studies, delving more into Spanish-speaking countries, and striving for tighter mutual ties.

The agreement marked the third cooperative deal signed by the two schools, the previous two were reached during Villanueva's visit to SISU in September.

The two schools have maintained a sound relationship since the 1980s, conducting language teaching and research, academic exchanges, student training and resource sharing.

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SISU and RAE reach agreement in September. [Photo from WeChat account sisu1949]

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