Greece and China, both having ancient and brilliant cultures that have had a profound impact on the world, are coming together to foster closer ties not just in business, but also in education. They are encouraging cultural exchanges and mutual learning, providing opportunities for students from both nations to study their respective histories and contemporary developments in university courses offered in their home countries.
According to a feature in China’s Xinhua news agency, the newly-established Center of Greek and Chinese Ancient Civilizations, in partnership with the Center of Chinese and Greek Ancient Civilizations at Southwest University in China, aims to facilitate academic exchanges and collaborative research efforts between scholars and students in both countries.
Partnering with the Center of Chinese and Greek Ancient Civilizations of the Southwest University in China, the newly-opened institute aims to promote bilateral exchanges of scholars and students to advance the study of the two civilizations, according to the report.
Professors from Greek universities who were involved in founding the new center said that a deeper exploration of Greek and Chinese civilizations, two of the most ancient ones, is important even today.
“We believe that in this fragmented world, where values are in crisis, it would be beneficial for all of us, not just for China and Greece, but for the whole world, to examine the legacy of these two great cultures and compare them,” said Stelios Virvidakis, president of the Steering Committee of the Center of Greek and Chinese Ancient Civilizations.
There have been high-level visits between the two countries, with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Greece in 2019, where he visited the Acropolis Museum in Athens. Xi said the tour left him with a beautiful and memorable impression, and deepened his understanding of ancient Greek civilization. He said he felt the impact of history and further realized that China and Greece, as two ancient civilizations, have much in common, according to Xinhua.
Xi and then Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos jointly advocated for exchanges and mutual learning between civilizations. After the visit, the two sides began building centers dedicated to what the two leaders proposed.
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