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Greek Consul General in Shanghai visits SISU to facilitate cultural ties


01 April 2021 | By SELAS | Copyedited by GU Yiqing

  • CHINA-GREECE FRIENDSHIP

    Greek Consul General Koniakos Vasileios presented a replica of the famous Phaistos Disc to Dr. Jiang Feng for SISU’s Museum of Language.

  • CHINA-GREECE FRIENDSHIP

    Koniakos Vasileios gave a speech to SISU faculty and students.

  • CHINA-GREECE FRIENDSHIP

    The Greek delegation joined a sport class with SISU students.

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    A conversation at a SISU student-run café.

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    The group photo at SISU's Museum of Language.

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he Consulate General of Greece in Shanghai donated a replica of the famous Phaistos Disc to the Museum of Language of Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) on March 31, 2021 during a visit at SISU's Songjiang Campus.

The fired clay Disc from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Cretee, dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age (1600 BCE), is possibly the earliest record of written script in ancient Greece. SISU houses China's first language museum to promote global linguistic diversity.

The Greek delegation, led by Koniakos Vasileios, Greek Consul General, included Tsarouchis Petros, Consul for Public Diplomacy, Moutsaki Eleni, Vice Consul for Public Diplomacy and Shi Binxun, Executive Secretary. 

Dr. Jiang Feng, SISU's University Council Chair received the delegation. He expressed his gratitude to the Consulate General for the long-lasting support to SISU's Greek language teaching and research. SISU was the first Chinese university to offer Greek studies program, which was initiated in 1972, witnessing the enduring friendship between the two countries.

Mr. Koniakos appreciated SISU's great contribution to the promotion of China-Greece educational ties. He highlighted the importance of language in preserving cultural identity and heritage.

"The tradition of ancient Greece played a pivotal role in shaping western civilization and so did the spirit of modern Greece," Koniakos said.

The year of 2021 is symbolic for both China and Greece, marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence. For celebration, a special exhibition featuring a range of Greek diplomatic archives was launced at SISU's museum as one of the cultural events in the China-Greece Year of Culture and Tourism.

Jiang emphasized that the ultimate goal of CPC's founding was to librate China from hegemonism, imperialism and bullying by Foreign Powers since modern times, for the dignity and well-being of Chinese nation - a similar spirit cherished by the Greek people striving for independence 200 years ago.

During their visit, the Greek delegation enjoyed a creative exhibition about world languages at the Museum of Language, tasted coffee at a student-run café at university library, talked with staff in the Service Center for Students, and joined a SISU-featured sport class learning how to play softball professionally.

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Email : news@shisu.edu.cn

Address :550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, China

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