University hosts Chinese New Year celebrations

A leading figure from the Chinese Embassy has visited Wolverhampton as part of the University’s Chinese New Year celebrations.

International students performed music and dances for guests at the University of Wolverhampton’s City Campus.Mr Fenghe Qiao and Professor Geoff Layer

Students and staff joined guests of honour Mr Fenghe Qiao, the First Secretary of Education Section from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, based in London, and University Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer.

As well as Chinese folk singing and pop dances, there were demonstrations of Kung Fu, Calligraphy and traditional party games.

Professor Layer opened the event on Sunday (Jan 29) by speaking some Mandarin to welcome the guests.

He said: “We are very proud of our close and developing relationship with China. We welcome students and staff into our community and work with them to achieve success. Normally New Year is a family celebration and we welcome our Chinese students into their University family.”

Jo Gittens, Director, International, said: “Students and staff enjoyed a wonderful evening to celebrate the start of the year of the dragon. It was an evening of great entertainment, extremely well organised by the Chinese Scholar and Student Association (CSSA) Wolverhampton, with a programme of music, dance routines and beautiful guitar keyboard and violin playing, displays of Kung Fu and calligraphy, party games and prizes – it had something for everyone.”

The University currently has 219 students from China.

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