Dr. Xu Lin, deputy minister of education of the People's Republic of China and head director of the Confucius Instute Beijing headquarters, is the new Doctor Honoris Causa at the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo. Dr. Xu Lin was presented with the honorary title by the rector Prof. Plamen Legkostup during an official ceremony at the alma mater yesterday, June 11, 2013. The celebration was honoured by representatives of the Chinese embassy in Bulgaria and the State Department for Chinese Language Education Abroad - Hanban. The Chairman of the Bulgarian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Viktor Azmanov also attended the ceremony.
Xu Lin was granted the title Doctor Honoris Causa because of her great contribution to the development of the Sinology department at the Veliko Tarnovo University, as well as for the opening of a Confucius Institute at the alma mater. Thanks to Dr. Xu Lin's help and support, Hanban donated equipment for the Chinese centre of the University.
"I am extremely happy to be in Veliko Tarnovo, where the natural and urban landscapes are as fine as the works of a great artist. It is a great honour for me to become Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Veliko Tarnovo", Dr. Xu Lin said.